It can be hard to slow down a commercial truck and it is definitely hard to slow down the recent run of growth experienced by America’s commercial trucking industry. Trucking is one of the fastest growing sectors of the American economy and that growth doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon.
Commercial trucking routes both domestic and international continue to grow as both short- and long-haul routes are added across America each month. The U.S. Department of Transportation recently reported that surface transportation – the majority of which is handled by commercial trucks – accounted for over $70 billion in revenue each month. Surface transportation includes freight moved by rail, pipeline, mail and Foreign Trade Zones, but commercial trucks make up the majority of surface transit modes with as much as 80 percent of all goods in this country shipped by commercial truck.
The ACT Research firm has also announced that truck sales are growing by around 13 percent each month and truck sales were over 30 percent higher in 2011 than the year before.
“Following some mid-year sponginess, the trailer industry ended 2011 on a particularly strong note: Orders in December were a virtual duplication of November’s five-year high, backlogs rose to their highest level this cycle, and cancellations were virtually non-existent,” Kenny Vieth, president and senior analyst at ACT Research, said in a release about the report.
The commercial trucking industry continues to grow and there are no signs of that growth letting up anytime soon. From increased shipping across international lines to a growth in the number of trucks carriers are buying, the commercial trucking industry is trending upwards and continues to be one of the nation’s most productive industries.
In addition to the growth in international shipping and truck sales, the commercial trucking industry has also experienced growth in the number of drivers it has hired. Growing demand has meant more and more commercial trucking carriers are looking for drivers to get behind the wheel. However, it is often professionally trained truck drivers that get the first look, as carriers want to ensure that shipments arrive safely and on time.
The Diesel Driving Academy offers some of the best CDL training in the nation and many students complete the program with a job offer waiting for them. If you are thinking of making a career change then the commercial truck industry could be the right place for you. Job stability and growth, along with great starting pay, make this an attractive profession for many but it is those drivers who receive professional CDL training that often have the most success.