The coming 2021 year is currently predicted to be a rebound year for the trucking industry. Both the economy and truck driver demand are forecasted to rise from the negative year the pandemic brought on. If you are considering becoming a truck driver, 2021 may be the year for you!
The need for truck drivers is growing, and so is the amount of freight that needs to be hauled. The rise of online shopping and e-commerce has caused the amount of freight to go up and is only expected to rise in the future. America will need to meet this rise by hiring more truck drivers to haul the freight. According to FTR Transportation Intelligence, freight will increase by 6% in 2021. When looking at year-over-year comparisons, this is strong growth.
The trucking industry currently has a shortage of drivers and the shortage is growing more and more each year. If this downward trend continues, the industry could be short around 105,000 drivers by the 2023 year according to the American Trucking Association (ATA). This number may seem daunting but it is actually a good thing for new drivers. New drivers just getting into the industry will have plenty of options to choose from when finding a driving job.
Since the pandemic has started, truck drivers have been important in hauling essential items to groceries, hospitals, and other businesses. With no clear end in sight currently for the COVID-19 virus, truck drivers will continue to be essential in hauling and delivering items to these stores and businesses for the future. The country will rely heavily on truck drivers to continue moving forward in 2021 and being an essential worker can be a big selling point for getting new drivers into the industry.
A good thing for individuals who want to become a truck driver is that CDL training does not take years of training before you are able to get on the road. At NTTS, students can get high-quality CDL training and be job-ready right out of school.
The trucking industry is constantly changing and shifting, so more insights may become available in the next month before 2021. If you want to obtain your CDL or learn more about the process, contact NTTS today!