This question has been long sought after, long before I even began trucking across America. The direct answer is:
Yes, truck driver’s are in extremely high demand. This is caused by high company turnover rates, fewer people are entering and starting in the trucking industry than the number of experienced professional truck drivers that are exiting the trucking industry because of retirement or due to personal choice.
With various different reports mentioning a wide range of numbers of truck drivers needed. It is safe to say that practically everything we as consumers buy, is shipped, loaded, and delivered by truck in one manner or another.
The United States of America has been short 50,000 truck drivers since the early 2000s. The rate the trucking industry will grow was reported by The Bureau of Labor, which is the national average of 6% each year from 2016 till 2026.
To understand how this shortage of truck driver’s effects you, your family, and the world you live within. Continue reading below to prepare for the future and to gain a better understanding.
Or don’t, if you have a farm with cattle, veggies, fruit trees, a well for water, horses, a loom so you can make your own fabric out of cotton, a cotton field, and this list could be pretty much endless
There are many reasons that many different agencies speculate on regarding the shortage and demand. Do not continue reading if you’re okay with:
- Not having any gas for your car.
- You’re okay with yourself and your children starving to death because you do not farm anything.
- You’re content with knowing that in the future you may have to know how to make medicine to prevent a cold from becoming pneumonia, to prevent pneumonia from leading to death.
- Ps. These are only a fraction of the issues you will be faced with.
But if you’re not okay with the above, then don’t wait to read this entire article below!
Why Truck Drivers Are In Demand?
The Free Dictionary says the Economic Definition of Demand is deeply intertwined with supply. Based on this theory, of supply and demand within the trucking industry as a whole.
The more supply or freight that needs to be transported raises the demand for a larger number of truck drivers that are needed. Take for example perishable goods like fruits that are transported inside of refrigerated 53′ trailers.
If these goods are not moved in a timely manner, the goods themselves will perish. Once this occurs, they never make it to market or maybe they do to become packaged but people are not able to consume them and someone loses money because there were not enough truck drivers to move the freight.
This is the dirty truth about supply and demand within the trucking industry. Truck drivers are in demand because many people do not want to become a truck driver as a first reason. Because of the limited number of people entering the trucking industry, this helps fuel the demand.
Next, the average age of a truck driver in the USA is 55 years old says the American Trucking Association. If this is the average age, then there would be some that are younger and some that are older. Though if most people were to retire around the age of 65 years old.
That would mean that for every single truck driver that starts as a 21-year-old, that would have the ability to be in the trucking industry for the next 44 plus years. It would take hiring 4 truck drivers around the age of 55 years old to have moved the same amount of freight as that 21-year-old over the span of time.
Lastly, there are truck drivers exiting out of the industry because of simple things like unfair treatment at customers, pay that doesn’t seem to keep up with the times, changes of rules and regulations that occur more often than not.
Another group of truck drivers is forced to get out of trucking altogether because of health reasons associated with being a truck driver. When you are a trucker, your body can be put at risk if you as an individual do not take action to correct any potential health risks. This makes it possible that as a truck driver, you could fail a medical examination and will not be allowed to drive a semi-truck.
So with all of this, we can easily see that the demand for truck drivers is greatly suppressed mostly by an inability for the trucking industry to maintain a method to secure interest from a younger crowd of potential truck drivers.
In addition to the above, securing the truckers currently in the trucking industry through promoting awareness of health risks associated with being very inactive could help prevent high blood pressure, reduce the number of heart attacks that occur to truckers while driving, and many more health issues that arise from being a trucker.
First, by going more in-depth on the health risks associated with truck driving. It would educate the masses currently driving semi trucks. The old saying, knowledge is power, it can hold the same value here. By being preventive maintenance of sorts for the truck driver.
Next, to lower the average age of the truck driver from an overall trucking industry viewpoint, the trucking industry needs to begin its approach directly at the lower age group while still upholding its value with the more experienced crowds of truck drivers.
In addition to these, maintaining fair treatment for all truck drivers at all shipping and receiving locations would greatly help in the way of reducing the horror stories told by many truck drivers, including myself that have experienced such treatment.
People do not want to start a job where they make not much more than a full-time burger flipper, only to be homeless, and have to deal with more stress from other travelers and customers.
These are the reasons why there is a shortage of truck drivers and the really dirty reasons why there has been a demand for truck drivers for such a long period of time.
We Talked Demand For Truckers, What About The Supply Truckers Transport?
One reason found given by Trucking Truths (click the previous link to read the entire post) is that about 70% of all freight is shipped by trucks. This is a gross underestimate of the value of long and short haul truckers if one thinks about it.
While some freight might be shipped by rail, has anyone seen grocery stores lined up along railroad tracks to receive goods? Materials shipped from one train station to another have to be loaded into truck containers or trailers to get to stores.
Perhaps your local farmer brings his produce to the local market in a trailer pulled by his
pickup truck. He’s got to fill the tank with gasoline or diesel from the local station. Truckers
are responsible for getting that petrol to the gas station.
Realistically, close to 100% of all freight is directly, or indirectly, shipped by semi trucks and the truck driver’s driving them. Prior to the automobile, we had farmers and urban professions described as “a butcher, a baker, a candlestick maker.”
We need truckers because of that agrarian centered society no longer exists. The role of truckers in driving the economy is fueled by the supply of goods available and at a decent rate for the truck drivers to transport.
Each year, more people are born, and they grow up to become a consumer. The larger the population of consumers the more supply that is needed. The more supply that is needed, the more truck drivers may be needed to transport those goods for the consumers.
Sadly, we seem to be faced with a question like, “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?”
“Which will need to grow first, consumer demand, the skilled individuals needed to deliver the
goods to the consumer, or the supply of that product in demand?”
No one would ever question the role, the system of highways in the United States in driving the economy. Why would a beet farmer in the Salinas Valley of California grow a larger crop if he could not get it to a market in New York City?
Why would refineries on the Gulf Coast of Texas receive more crude oil if they could not ship the gasoline to stations throughout the United States? Now that we are facing a shortage of truck drivers, we need to start viewing their role in the economy as a “chicken or egg” type of relationship.
For example, A woman is in line to pay for her gasoline in a travel center in Lincoln, Nebraska. At first, she is irritated that a truck driver sneaked into line before her.
“What you hauling?”, she asks trying to curb her irritation. “SV Beet Chips,” he answers. “Oh, my daughter and I are so addicted to those things! Do you deliver to New York City? She just got a job there.”
Never mind which came first. Our economy demands truckers.
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