Current Shortage of 48,000 Professional Truck Drivers According to New ATA Report

The American Trucking Associations (ATA) released an analysis earlier this month that means big news for those out of work or looking to jumpstart a new career. Their Truck Driver Shortage Analysis of 2015 gives insight into the finer details of the Professional Truck Driving Industry’s current demand, such as its numerous causes and how we can expect the future to change as a result.

In simpler terms, this analysis took into account the history of the truck driver shortage since the New Millennium, scrutinizing its ups and downs and looking into how the market is changing. ATA reports that in 2005 there was a shortage of about 20,000 drivers, but that the shortage disappeared in 2008 when the recession hit hardest. In 2011, though, the economy began to turn around, and as businesses increased production the need for Professional Truck Drivers steadily rose.

ATA’s Truck Driver Shortage Analysis of 2015 reveals that in 2014 the Industry required an additional 38,000 drivers to fill its current transportation needs. That number is expected to reach a staggering height of 47,500 by the end of this year. If this demand trend continues, ATA predicts that the shortage of drivers needed to transport America’s goods will climb to 174,500 by 2024.

So, what does all of this mean for you? The phrase strike while the iron is hot has rarely been more appropriate than it is now for prospective Professional Truck Drivers. America is stepping up its production game and creating more business for an already in-demand industry. ATA speculates that the Professional Truck Driving Industry will need an average of 88,970 new drivers every year for the next decade to cover growing production, so as a licensed Professional Truck Driver, according to the ATA, you’ll gain entry into a promising job market!

The journey starts with enrollment into an accredited Class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) training course. Hands-on training and comprehensive courses through a training course such AIT’s will adequately prepare you for a career on the road!

To speak with one of AIT’s representatives about earning your CDL, the first step to becoming a Professional Truck Driver, please fill out the contact form at the bottom of our homepage.

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  1. Chart Data Source: ATA Truck Driver Shortage Analysis 2015


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