Archive for January, 2018

Driver shortage may intensify

Saturday, January 6th, 2018

A new report from the American Trucking Association highlights the impact of the shortage of drivers for truck driver jobs.

American Trucking Associations Chief Economist Bob Costello released the findings of his latest report into the driver shortage, warning the trucking industry could be short 50,000 drivers by the end of 2017.

“In addition to the sheer lack of drivers, fleets are also suffering from a lack of qualified drivers, which amplifies the effects of the shortage on carriers,” Costello said. “This means that even as the shortage numbers fluctuate, it remains a serious concern for our industry, for the supply chain and for the economy at large.”

According to the report, ATA’s first in-depth examination of the driver shortage since 2015, the driver shortage eased in 2016 to roughly 36,500 – down from 2015’s shortfall of 45,000.

“We experienced a ‘freight recession,’ last year, which eased the pressure on the driver market,” Costello said. “Now that freight volumes accelerating again, we should expect to see a significant tightening of the driver market.”

In the report, ATA projects the shortage to reach 50,000 by the end of 2017 and if current trends hold the shortage could grow to more than 174,000 by 2026.

Costello detailed the causes of the shortage in the report, including the demographics of the aging driver population, lifestyle issues, regulatory challenges and others; as well as possible solutions.

“While the shortage is a persistent issue in our industry, motor carriers are constantly working to address it,” he said. “We already see fleets raising pay and offering other incentives to attract drivers. Fleets are also doing more to improve the lifestyle and image of the truck driver, but there are also policy changes like reducing the driver age as part of a graduated licensing system, or easing the transition for returning veterans, that can make getting into this industry easier and therefore help with the shortage.”

Driver jobs among best for those without college degree

Friday, January 5th, 2018

Careerbuilder has released a list of jobs that are excellent opportunities for those without a college degree, and the top honors goes to driver jobs.

CareerBuilder’s list of the in-demand jobs for 2018 that do not require a college degree are comprised of occupations where the number of job postings each month outpace the number of people they actually hire. The list includes other data points, such as job growth and salary.

Among occupations that do not typically require a college education and have the largest gap between job openings and hires are the following:

Occupation

Average Monthly Unique Job Postings

Average Monthly Hires

Gap Between Postings and Hires

Job Growth 2012-2017

Total Employment in 2017

Median Hourly Earnings

Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers

1,662,847

107,845

1,555,003

174,188

1,966,281

$19.26

First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers

276,477

85,445

192,033

60,541

1,428,776

$17.10

Food Service Managers

60,718

20,007

40,710

22,240

285,765

$19.82

Insurance Sales Agents

57,103

17,183

39,920

51,659

585,302

$23.17

Computer User Support Specialists

58,569

34,283

24,287

85,704

700,574

$23.81

Social and Human Service Assistants

38,869

19,967

18,902

51,885

400,143

$15.33

Real Estate Sales Agents

18,169

9,238

8,931

11,828

390,490

$17.92

Pharmacy Technicians

26,808

20,726

6,082

36,929

409,870

$14.87

Medical Assistants

28,641

26,239

2,402

72,974

664,087

$15.18

Tax Preparers

6,695

6,108

588

3,532

98,983

$19.60

 

Art contest and driver jobs

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018

A recent contest held this year highlights safety and driver jobs.

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Deputy Administrator Cathy F. Gautreaux announced the 2017 Road Safety Student Art Contest winners. Top honors go to 2nd grader Avni Choudepally of Morrisville, North Carolina, and 4th grader Lynn Sun of Livingston, New Jersey.

The winners announced exhibited exemplary creativity in communicating why all who share the road should make safety their top priority.

The contest was open to all students in kindergarten through sixth grade. Previously known as the Be Ready, Be Buckled Safety Belt Art Contest, this year’s contest expanded from emphasizing the importance of seat belt use to educating passenger vehicle drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians about sharing the road with commercial motor vehicles and working together to reduce crashes.

“All of the students who participated in this year’s contest are frequent passengers in vehicles or pedestrians themselves, so now is the perfect time to engage them in the importance of road safety,” said Deputy Administrator Gautreaux. “The winners impressed and inspired me with their originality and creativity.”

The contest is organized by the Our Roads, Our Safety Partnership and the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Belt Partnership, which includes FMCSA and more than 30 other government, safety, industry, and private organizations. These partnerships are essential to amplifying safety messages about buckling up and understanding the challenges and special considerations when traveling near or around buses and large trucks.

The two winning entries will hang in FMCSA’s headquarters and FMCSA will coordinate with each school’s administration to honor the winners. The entries from the following 12 students.