In 2022, consumer demand is expected to return to normal levels, which will increase the need for trucking jobs. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has projected 231,100 trucking job openings in 2022. This makes 2022 the perfect year to start a new career in the trucking industry.
A Rise in Trucking Demand
As supply chains continue to return to normal, the amount of hauled freight will rise by 22%, according to the American Trucking Association. This spike will lead to the trucking industry seeing a 66% rise in revenue. Drivers can expect to see benefits from this rise as the rates paid for jobs are rising per load. Also, many trucking carriers are offering additional perks like sign-on bonuses and tuition reimbursement programs.
Your Truck Driving Career In 2022
The truck driver shortage that has continually affected the trucking industry will continue into 2022. To help combat the shortage and help alleviate the strain on the supply chain, the White House has introduced a new action plan. Some of the steps taken include assisting states to speed up their licensing process for CDL’s, implementing a registered apprentice program for truckers, increasing outreach and recruitment of veterans, and launching a pilot program for 18-21-year-olds. The main goal of these programs is to reduce the time it takes for anyone older than 21 to get their CDL while allowing those under 21 to cross state lines through an apprenticeship program.
Additionally, starting on February 7th, the ELDT Mandate is will be in effect, which will instate new standards of CDL training for all schools and students. The goal of the Entry-Level Driving Mandate is to make drivers safer by standardizing the training process and requiring all training schools to be registered with the FMCSA.
Benefits of a Truck Driving Career
Truck drivers’ efforts have received more public attention, adding to the benefits expected for drivers. Drivers’ pay and benefits have steadily increased throughout 2021 and continue into 2022. The starting average pay of truck drivers has risen to $60,000+ with benefits now including increased health care options, added time off, and retirement options.