Truck carriers are hiring thousands of new truck and hiring thousands of new drivers each month in an attempt to keep up with the growing demand being experienced right now in the commercial truck industry.
Last month marked the 32nd consecutive month that commercial truck sales were up. The commercial truck industry has been growing for the past few years and more and more drivers are needed to keep up with that growth. In addition to more drivers, more commercial trucks are also needed and last month was the best August for commercial truck sales in six years.
The website The Trucker recently reported that Class 8 sales totaled 16,497 trucks in the United States in August, up 9.4 percent from August last year and up 76 trucks from this July. That not only makes it one of the best Augusts for truck sales, it also marked the 32nd consecutive month of commercial trucking sales growth.
The commercial trucking industry experienced a stall in growth in 2009 as the nation faced an economic recession, but commercial truck sales over the past few months are 127 percent higher than the same period in 2009, The Trucker reports.
“In a brand-by-brand look at the August sales figures, Daimler Trucks North America’s Freightliner nameplate once again led the field, selling 5,872 trucks, a 9.4 percent gain over July and a 31.2 percent improvement from the year before,” The Trucker reported. “The total makes August Freightliner’s best month since January 2007. DTNA’s Western Star nameplate tallied 348 Class 8 sales in August, up 83.2 percent from the previous month and up 126 percent from August 2011.”
The commercial truck industry is experiencing growing demand, especially as many other sectors across the country – housing, manufacturing, etc. – begin to show signs of an economic recovery. A stadium full of drivers is needed each year and many labor expects expect that demand to remain for at least another decade, if not longer.
Job seekers who would like to find work in a growing industry should look no further than the commercial trucking sector. Not only are drivers in high demand, but economist often refer to trucking as the nation’s most recession proof industry, meaning a future economic collapse will have the least amount of impact on commercial truck drivers, especially those with professional training.
Carriers need new drivers now and they are desperate to find truck drivers that can help them keep up with rising demand in almost every part of the country. However, carriers are especially interested in truck drivers with professional training, such as students of Diesel Driving Academy who are often times completing the CDL training program with multiple job offers from some of the nation’s top trucking companies. If you are looking for a new career and want to enter an industry that is growing, then becoming a commercial truck driver may be your best option, and completing the CDL training program at DDA is the best place to start.