ALEXANDRIA, Va. A U.S. online job bank, Careerbuilder.com, has ranked heavy-duty truck driving No. 18 on its list of the top 25 jobs for 2006.
The survey, which represents 8 million new jobs and 40 per cent of total job growth over the next decade, ranked industries ranging from retail sales to teaching assistants based on their need for skilled professionals.
The American Trucking Association (ATA) recently reported in its U.S. Truck Driver Shortage: Analysis and Forecasts that the U.S. is currently experiencing a national shortage of about 20,000 drivers.
“The trucking industry continues to face a significant shortage of qualified drivers,” said ATA president and CEO Bill Graves. “If this population fails to grow, the freight transportation market faces a more uncertain future.”
The ATA is currently developing a national campaign to highlight the value of working in the trucking industry while also recruiting new professionals. ATA will preview its campaign in at a leadership meeting in February.
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