LAKE MILTON, Ohio (WKBN) – There’s a shortage of truck drivers across the country, and the drivers navigating those big rigs are more important to our economy than you may think.
Teachers at Diesel Technician and Truck Driving School, or TDDS, in Lake Milton say there is interest in the profession because graduates can make about $40,000 in their first year out of school. However, only about 200 students make it through their program each year, not even putting a dent in the 890,000 that the American Trucking Associations say will be needed in the next ten years.
“There isn’t anything in this country you don’t get that don’t come from a truck,” TDDS Safety and Training Director Larry Braham said. “I don’t care if it’s from your cell phones to driving your car to wearing your clothes or eating your food.”
The American Trucking Associations say that by the end of 2015, the driver shortage could be more than 47,000, making it the highest number ever recorded.
And if the economy improves even a little bit next year, that number could increase by 26,000, meaning we could see longer delivery times, higher shipping costs, and fewer products in the stores.
But with that driver shortage comes available jobs, and folks looking to fill them.
“Everybody’s looking for long-term career, you know, something they ain’t gotta worry about getting laid off, paying bills, things like that,” TDDS student John Ferguson said. “But I really just love truck driving. I think truck driving is a great career move to make.”