Survey of carriers shows expectations to hire in 2013

Growth in the trucking industry can be seen in almost every part of the country.

One snapshot of trucking’s growth can be found in a survey conducted in Texas where about 80 percent of commercial truck carriers said they expect to invest in safety training and personnel in 2013, a significant increase from 37 percent last year. The survey was conducted by the Texas Trucking Alliance and reflected a nationwide trend of commercial truck carriers hiring drivers.

“The development that these numbers reflect speaks directly to the vitality and essentiality of the industry and point to the many opportunities within trucking for growth and jobs,” Texas Motor Transportation Association President John Esparza said in a statement.

The commercial truck industry has shown rapid growth in recent years and it has created a large demand for drivers. In fact, the demand is so great that many carriers are struggling to find enough professionally trained drivers to keep up with growing orders.

While the rest of the economy continues to show a slow rebound since the 2008 recession, the trucking sector has been well on its way to a full recovery. Because of the growth, many jobseekers are considering a career as a commercial truck driver.

At Hamrick School, students are being prepared for a bright and long-term career as a professional truck driver. The demand for drivers is high, but the majority of carriers are looking for drivers with experience and professional CDL training, and Hamrick School is helping to create the next generation of American truck drivers.