Trucking Industry Sees Red-Hot Growth in Indiana

By Biff McGee, Guest Columnist
Article last updated on 2/12/2008

New Study Cites Red-Hot Job Growth For Truck Drivers in Midwestern State

According to a recent study by the Indiana Business Research Center at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, truck driving ranks third among the highest-demanded jobs in Indiana. Truck driving careers have been one of the most stable, dependable career choices since the 1960’s. These professional driving jobs offer unmatched job security, great pay and don’t require a college degree or extensive, time-consuming training. The average truck driving school is just three to four weeks in length. Once they graduate, the trucking school grads receive more “on-the-job” training from their trucking company employer. Truck driving schools across the state of Indiana have seen a growth in the number of applications for CDL training programs for a number of reasons. Many new truck drivers choose trucking because training is less time consuming and more affordable than schooling for other high-paying careers. Also, trucking companies have been forced to get competitive in order to find the best drivers, offering more home time and higher pay scales than were ever seen before in the industry.

At the end of 2007, the trucking industry was experiencing a shortage of almost 220,000 drivers, a number that is expected to rise in 2008. This means that newcomers to the trucking industry will experience job stability that is unmatched by almost any other career choice, and new drivers will be able to pick and choose from a wide variety of companies and opportunities to find the one that’s best for them. Areas that have major freight lanes and interstates, such as Indiana, have an even greater need for truck drivers.

So it’s no secret why truck driving has become one of the hottest jobs in Indiana, the Midwest and around the country. With high earning potential, the freedom to travel the country, and the ability to provide a better standard of living for your family without years of training, starting a truck driving career has never made more sense.

Daniel Robison of the Jeffersonville News-Tribune contributed to this article.

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