by Bill Pauwels Jr.
Clash Daily Guest Contributor
A recent Bloomberg News piece bore the headline: “The U.S. Is Running Out of Truckers” and made the claim: “The supply isn’t rising, so freight prices will soar and cut down demand. That’s bad for the whole economy.”
It has bothered me for a while that we have this looming crisis in such a vital part of the distribution process of goods throughout America and Canada, yet the high school system does not offer or share this alternative career option to its students.
Not every kid that completes high school is college material. Many are just not book savvy or ready for higher education. Young, energetic, truck drivers are in need across America and Canada. It’s a great way to make a living which will provide a healthy, steady income over time. Most start out $42,000 & can earn $75,000 annually as a local truck driver, being home each night with weekends off and full company benefits. If you’re willing to drive over the road hauling nationally the earning potential is $75,000 -$110,000. Many have a signing bonus as well.
Over the road drivers or line haul drivers are away most of the week and home for weekends if all works out with their road trip or trips during the week. Often you are part of a driver team and paired up with another driver as a team. You rotate on a trip to limit the amount of down time and maximize hauling miles.
I wish I could go around to high schools and offer information on this as a career option for kids to consider. Nobody does this. Kids are clueless that such a career even exists or how to enter the industry or the training involved. Cost to get a CDL class A is about $2800.00 You need a company to sponsor tour driver training.
The current education industry these days seems to be anti-trades for students. They really only encourage higher education and professional type careers. Why?
Bill Pauwels Jr. is a husband and father. He lives and works in the Northeast United States.