Did someone say there are not enough jobs available in the America? Well there appears to be plenty of job openings when it comes to truck drivers. The driver shortage is acute with some industry experts estimating that we’ll need to add 100,000 truckers per year for the next decade, just to keep pace with demand and attrition.
Those are big numbers, and should be a concern to everyone as truck drivers deliver the majority of goods for all of the U.S. So how are transportation companies planning on filling this void? For those of you who believe history often repeats itself, the answer may lie with “Rosie the Riveter”. American women joined the workforce in unprecedented numbers during World War II, as male enlistment left gaping holes in the industrial labor force. Rosie the Riveter was the star of a government campaign aimed at recruiting female workers for the munitions industry, and became perhaps the most iconic image of working women during the war. And with the current truck driver shortages, women (“Tammy the Trucker”) may once again be the answer to filling the employment gap.
Many transportation companies are looking for new ways to combat the driver shortage. Some companies are offering programs that provide free commercial driver’s license (CDL) training, and jobs after completion. Others are actively recruiting women drivers, and trying to improve programs, benefits and facilities to make them more attractive for women. From improved locker facilities to benefits like flex time and retirement plans, transportation companies are seeking innovative ways to recruit and retain women drivers. Some companies are also trying to improve truck designs to make it easier for women, who are on average 5.5 inches shorter than male drivers, to reach the controls.
Overall, women comprise almost half of the U.S. workforce. However, women truck drivers represent only five to six percent of all truck drivers since the year 2000. So Tammy the Trucker represents a large, untapped resource to help solve the driver shortage. And for all drivers, male or female, looking to earn more and stay healthier on the road, we invite you to join AAOO and start receiving thousands of dollars in benefits for just a few dollars a month.