Trucking in the news lately has revolved heavily around a driver shortage – the industry is facing the largest shortage of drivers the business has ever seen. Why, you ask? According to several reports from the ATA, the industry is lacking younger drivers. The average American worker is 42 years old where as some trucking companies are seeing age averages in the 50′s. With many current drivers retiring, the industry is in desperate need of younger drivers.
Many believe that the lack of young drivers can be blamed on the income, however, according to the ATA, the average income has risen several thousands of dollars from about $42,000 to $50,000 a year. Additionally, trucking has not always been known as the most glamorous job which has caused younger generations to stray away from the business. However, in attempt to target this younger demographic, many trucking companies are coming up with ideas to soften that stigma. For example, many companies are investing in driver lounges and giving longer lead times for shipment pickups. With ideas like these along with increased pay, the industry is hoping to attract young drivers to their companies.
HG Logistics LLC, a third party logistics company and freight broker in Cincinnati appreciates all of our drivers, no matter the age and would also like to point out some benefits of the business.
-When you become a truck driver, you are essentially being paid to travel! With many loads traveling all over the nation, there is opportunity for drivers to see and experience places they otherwise may not have.
-While driving you are able to reflect while you spend time traveling across the country. You can use your time alone wisely by listen to CD’s that teach life skills and positive thinking like The Seven Habits Of Highly Effect People or simply use the time to relax and enjoy time to yourself.
- JOB SECURITY! The job security in trucking is high. In fact, the department of labor statistics expect the need for 250,000 drivers by the year 2016. There is a huge shortage of drivers. Even in today’s economy many companies are continuing to strive. Truckers are right in the middle of all the action. Raw materials must be transported to factories and then finished products must be transported.
For more information on HG Logistics, LLC, located in Cincinnati, OH, please contact General Manager Doug Bierman at 513-244-3026.