Big-Rig Life No Longer Attracts Young Workers

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Truck drivers have remained an iconic part of American culture for many years. In fact, 71% of all freight tonnage moved in the U.S. goes on trucks (American Trucking Association). With such an important role in American industrial society, trucking surely is a relevant field. Unfortunately, trucking companies are struggling to find enough drivers.

According to Iconoculture, part of this employment problem is an aging workforce. The average age of commercial drivers has increased from 42 to 49 over the last decade (American Trucking Association). High-paying local construction jobs lure many young workers, and those interested in trucking must wait until they are 21 years old to get a big-rig interstate license. Multiple days on the road at a time is also grueling for many. Long hours behind the wheel, cramped sleeping spaces, and constant quick food on-the-go takes its toll on people. Many truck drivers are obese.

Additionally, many young workers also see the future of this industry. Self-driving cars are not only on the horizon, Uber is already using them for deliveries in Arizona. By 2030, two million truckers in the U.S. and Europe could be replaced by autonomous vehicles (International Transport Forum).