Trucking Companies Short on Drivers
Despite the struggling economy, trucking companies are having trouble finding qualified drivers.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said the demand for truckers was rising. They pointed out there could be an increase of 330 thousand trucking jobs between 2010 and 2020.
According to the Bureau, the average trucker earns $4,000 more than the median annual wage for all jobs. But some factors are driving potential employees away. First, potential employees have to get a commercial driver's license, which requires a training course that can take up to 8 weeks and cost about $6,000. Also, the job can require spending weeks at a time on the road, away from family.