The unemployment rate remained stagnant for the third month in a row in December (2015), hovering around 5%. Among industries that are hiring, healthcare continues to lead the way with double-digit increases across the board. The good news for the trucking industry is that we are not doing too bad either. We added more jobs in 2015 than in the previous two years. Last year also saw revenues reach record levels.
Land Line Magazine reports that the trucking industry added some 23,000 jobs in December. The industry lost jobs only two months last year – March and September. As for the excellent numbers from December, they are second only to June 2013 when 30,000 jobs were added.
The long and short of it is that the trucking industry continues to expand to keep up with the rest of the economy. We have to. When you consider more than 70% of the freight America moves spends at least some time on the back of a truck, it should be obvious that an expanding economy means a greater demand for trucking services.
Trucking: A Job with Great Benefits
Here at C.R. England, we have plenty of openings for both company drivers and independent contractors. We are even looking for team drivers and those with absolutely no experience. Even if you don’t have a license, you can sign with us as long as you qualify. We will send you to one of the Premier Truck Driving Schools located around the country where you can complete your training and get your license in just a few weeks. Then we will pair you up with one of our driver trainers to finish your training on the job.
The fact that the trucking industry is adding truck driving jobs means there are new opportunities for drivers like you. Why should you consider working as a truck driver? Take a look at the following benefits:
- Competitive Pay – Fierce competition among trucking companies is driving up pay on an annual basis. Companies determined to hire the best drivers in the business must compete by offering more lucrative compensation packages that include more money and benefits.
- Job Stability – Only the healthcare industry offers more job stability than trucking. The ongoing shortage of qualified drivers has seen to that. As long as you do your job and follow the law, you will not have to worry about being laid off.
- Career Advancement – There are opportunities within the trucking industry to advance into other areas. You do not have to spend your entire career behind the wheel if you don’t want to. Experienced truckers can transition into driver training, dispatching, supply chain management, logistics coordination, and even executive management.
- Travel Opportunities – Among the many reasons career OTR truckers choose to stick with their jobs is the opportunity to travel. As a long-haul trucker, you will get to see nearly every corner of this great nation. You will see places that most other folks will never get to see. For someone who likes to travel, OTR trucking has no equal.
Get Your License and Get to Work
In order to apply for one of the jobs being added by the trucking industry, you must either have a CDL license or be willing to sign with a company that will train you. The choice is yours, but we believe the latter option is the better one. Getting your license and becoming a professional truck driver opens the door to an excellent career that will more than pay your bills. Feel free to contact us for more information about our openings.
1. Land Line Magazine – http://www.landlinemag.com/Story.aspx?StoryID=30398#.VrTEAMugqkA