The FTR Trucking Index, which predicts shipping levels in the commercial truck industry, rose to a reading of 9.7 in November.

The growth in the index indicates that the commercial truck industry is expected to show even more growth in 2013 and that professionally trained commercial truck drivers will continue to be in high demand as carriers struggle to keep up with rising demand in shipping.

The Trucking Conditions Index is a compilation of factors affecting trucking companies and any reading above zero indicates a positive environment for truckers, FTR says. Readings above 10 signal that volumes, prices, and margins are likely to be in a solidly favorable range for trucking companies and the commercial truck industry is less than a point away from an above 10 reading.

“We were forecasting an improved environment for trucking even before the agreement just reached to avoid the ‘fiscal cliff,’ said Jonathan Starks, director of transportation analysis for FTR. “There are still political hurdles to navigate in early 2013, but the agreement takes some of the uncertainty out of business plans. We’ll keep monitoring the economy closely to look for any renewed softness in demand, but for now we believe capacity will tighten during 2013.”

The demand on the commercial truck industry continues to grow and carriers are becoming flooded with business, but many are having a hard time keeping up as there are too few professionally trained workers than can help meet the demand. In fact, there is a competition among carriers for professionally trained drivers, making the jobseekers with professional training a hot commodity in today’s employment field.

The CDL training program at Diesel Driving Academy can be completed in a matter of months and recruiters help students find the perfect truck-driving job that meets their needs. Many students complete the program with multiple opportunities from some of the best truck carriers in the country.

Diesel Driving Academy offers a CDL training program that is helping job seekers start a long-term career as a professional commercial truck driver, which is especially needed in today’s era of high unemployment. Carriers all across the country are experiencing a shortage of qualified drivers, which makes professional training from a respected school like the Diesel Driving Academy the logical first step in getting work in this growing industry.

Jobs may seem scarce across the country, but the commercial truck industry has more open positions than there are qualified drivers to take them. If you are one of the millions of Americans who are looking for work, especially a position that pays well and offers job security, then the commercial truck industry might be the perfect place for you.