With the growth of the trucking industry, companies are facing a professional driver shortage. The trucking industry is no longer a man’s world. This shortage is further opening the doors to women truck drivers, and companies seek out these women to increase gender diversity. Therefore, more women are entering the industry outside of the office setting.
Benefits to Truck Driving
There are many benefits to entering a truck driving career. According to the American Trucking Association, the average salary for truck drivers is $58,000 in 2019. Most companies offer medical and retirement benefits. Many companies haul dedicated freight from the warehouse to store; allowing for more home time, in most cases every day. NTTS offers full-time and part-time CDL training program options to fit obtaining a CDL into your life.
Companies Seeking Women Truck Drivers
Women in Trucking‘s official magazine, Redefining the Road, presented the “Top 50 Companies for Women to Work for in Transportation.” The companies made the list based on traits with women in mind. The characteristics evaluated are gender diversity, compensation, flexibility in hours and requirements, and development and advancement opportunities. A few companies on the list include DOT Foods, Werner Enterprises, and U.S. Xpress. For a complete list, check out the article Top 50 Companies for Women to Work for in Transportation.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 6.7% of professional drivers are women. While the industry is facing a driver shortage, more women are expected to fill the need to transport goods. With this door opening to women drivers, the industry is moving toward gender neutrality.