CDL College in Aurora, CO is Working Hard to Fight the Recession

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The hiring outlook is improving for trucking and it is attracting many people from fields where jobs have dried up. As many professions become more specialized, truck driving continues to hire new recruits.

The hiring outlook is improving for trucking and it is attracting many people from fields where jobs have dried up. As many professions become more specialized, truck driving continues to hire new recruits.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, median hourly wages for heavy truck drivers were $17.92 in May 2008.

Applicants for truck-driving jobs do need a relatively clean driving record, a stable work history, some mechanical ability, and the strength and stamina to drive for long stretches and help with loading and unloading cargo if needed. And they must be prepared to be away from home, unless they can land a coveted short-haul driving job.

Things appear to be turning around. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects overall growth of 9 percent in truck driving jobs between 2008 and 2018. Since the trucking market nationwide is huge, that's significant, representing about 291,000 new jobs. Trucking is one of the largest occupations in the country, with 3.2 million jobholders.

This means that carriers will be pressured to hire more and more drivers. The experts predict a capacity shortage.

Recently, companies were trying to hire experienced drivers, and they've been able to do that for the last year. But now that pool has dried up. Carriers are now starting to come back to the schools looking for entry-level students.

In the last 90 days, things have picked up, and employers are much more favorable to entry-level students than they were a year ago.

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