10 trucking facts that all recruiters must know

 Future truckers need to know this.  Are you doing a good job of sharing this?

Future truckers need to know this.  Are you doing a good job of sharing this?

The United States has the most expansive and organized trucking industry in the world. Almost all industries in the United States are highly dependant on it to meet their transportation needs. The country’s economy will come to a standstill if its truck drivers refuse to ply long routes for any length of time. There are numbers that will boggle your mind, and your recruits.

Today, the jobs are aplenty, but there are few takers. That's because trucking is not as cool as it once used to be. The industry as a whole needs a perception makeover. It needs to brand itself well-enough to attract job seekers. Here are some facts that can help you change the way people look at trucking.:

Most common occupation

Truck driving is the most common occupation among residents in 29 states across the United States. This includes states like Texas, California, Washington, Georgia, Maine, Utah and West Virginia. Truck driving is a job that gives the most potential to meet other people from your field of work. This makes it the most popular occupation throughout more than half of the country.

Huge dependency:

Our economy depends on trucks to deliver ten billion tons of virtually every commodity consumed-reports the American Trucking Association(ATA).

At least 80% of all American industries depend on trucking to meet their delivery demands. Any purchase made by a customer, whether online or by themselves, need to be packaged, transported and delivered to the distribution center. This is because trucking is the cheapest and most practical way to transport goods throughout the length of the country. Especially when it comes to rural areas, there might not a local train station or an airport present and trucking is the only viable solution for them to get the goods that they need.

Amount of cargo:

Trucks carry more than 80% of all cargo transported in the United States. The rest of the cargo is transported by pipelines, airplanes, rail and on water. This means that 80% of all goods that we use on a daily basis was transported by trucks. If it weren’t for trucks, we would not be able to access those goods so easily. Halting trucking for even a single can have disastrous consequences for the economy.

The number of hours:

Truckers can end up driving almost 3,000 miles in a single day. The number of hours that a trucker drives depends on a variety of factors. The law limits the number of hours per day. Also, drivers need to follow certain speed limitations that are laid down by the company for safety. While there is enough challenge, there are also enough speed breakers to ensure that truckers don't ruin themselves. 

Distance travelled:

An average trucker travels around 100,000 miles every single year. If someone were to travel this distance around the equator, he or she would have to travel around the world four times. The cumulative distance covered by all truck drivers in the United States in a year adds up to around 432 billion miles. This distance is equivalent to driving to and fro Pluto about 25 times.

One of the top 10 most dangerous occupation in the United States:

If not done right, trucking can take a toll on the driver's health and well-being. Sleep deprivation paves way for fatigue, which in turn paves way for accidents. Sometimes it's hard to find on healthy meals at the right time. Because of these challenges, the industry is highly regulated by the Department of Transportation. For instance, the new ELD mandate was put in place to ensure that drivers work for no more than 11 hours in a day, and take time off for adequate sleep. The job is challenging, but robust systems are in place to ensure a drivers' health and safety. 

Most valuable cargoes are moved by trucks:

If you're wondering, machinery is the most valuable cargo. It comprises 10.4% of the total cargo moved by trucks. At second is motorised vehicles and electronics, with both of them at 8.3 %. Some other cargoes, from the most to the least are mixed freight, pharmaceuticals, gasoline, manufactured products, textiles and leather goods, natural gas, coal, asphalt, plastic, and rubber. Transporting volatile products like gasoline and pharmaceuticals require a lot more experience than materials like paper or textiles. Truckers moving these highly volatile products require special CDL (Chief of Defense logistics) endorsement for dangerous materials. Truckers who have passed the required tests and obtained these endorsements are in high demand.

More than just semi-trailers:

There are several types of trucking. A giant semi-trailer might be the image that comes to our mind whenever your picture a truck driver. These long-haul drivers are the most important type, however, truckers aren’t limited to just them. People working in FedEx delivery, school bus drivers, tow truck drivers and even garbage truck drivers fall under the category of truck drivers. The type of trucker that a person is depends on a variety of factors including but not limited to what they’re driving, the location to be delivered to, the amount of driving done, and who they are driving.

Trucking revenue:

The total amount of revenue generated by the top five trucking companies in the United States comes up to $64.9 billion. This can be broken down into the revenue earned by each company as follows: UPS Freight earned $29.8 billion, FedEx earned $19.8 billion, JB Hunt earned $6.2 billion, YRC Trucking earned $4.8 billion and Swift Transportation earned $4.2 billion. Out of these, two trucking companies, namely JB Hunt and Swift Transportation specialise in long-haul freight. The other three are LTL (Less than Truckload). In addition, YRC handles more diverse cargo when compared to UPS and FedEx. 

Percentage of Workers:

 15% of all American workers work in trucking. To put that simply, every 1 in 7 American worker works in the trucking industry. This includes drivers as well as essential personnel who load and unload these truck, or those who keep track of all deliveries.

Trucking is an integral part of the American economy, and it influences a lot of other industries. It is bound to continue growing more and more in the coming years.


Here's what your recruits should know: Trucking is not just another job. It shapes the way you look at life and helps you develop the smarts and grit needed to survive in life. If you need proof, read this article.

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