Millennials are gradually becoming the largest demographic in the country. As more and more of them migrate into the job field in search of work, the trucking industry is in a position to fill its ranks with passionate and dedicated drivers who are eager for new experiences.
Pew Research Center says that “Millennials are expected to overtake Boomers in population in 2019 as their numbers swell to 73 million and Boomers decline to 72 million.” To put that in context, consider how the often talked about 2017 report from the American Trucking Association says that “Over the next decade, the trucking industry will need to hire roughly 898,000 new drivers, or an average of nearly 90,000 per year” to keep up with demand.
The millennial generation could hold the key to the trucking industry’s need for new drivers. Not only is there a place for them behind the wheel, but a trucking career is also full of unique benefits and perks that can help millennials build a great résumé, earn valuable experience, and make a sustainable living at the same time.
Here are four reasons why millennials should consider a career as a professional truck driver:
1) Travel Opportunities
Truck driving careers, especially for over-the-road (OTR) drivers, offer a unique kind of travel experience that few careers can even begin to match. Many OTR drivers, for example, will often drive cross-country and experience the country across all four seasons in a way few people ever get the chance to.
If you know that an office job isn’t for you, and you’re looking for a career where every day will look different, then the truck driving lifestyle may be for you.
2) Lots of Benefits
Trucking is a career path full of benefits that go far beyond the opportunities for travel. Most trucking companies provide benefits like health and dental insurance, paid vacation and holiday time, and even a matching 401(k) retirement plan.
The benefits don’t stop there though. With a company like Lily Transportation, you’ll also receive bonuses for safe driving, cell phone allowances, 24-hour dispatch, and meticulously maintained equipment that will ensure you’re always working with the best tools and trucks possible.
3) A Stable Income
One of the best reasons to consider professional truck driving is the financial stability it can provide. Most companies pay their drivers on a per-mile scale, meaning that the more miles you cover, the more money you’ll make. And since the industry needs drivers, competitive pay is becoming increasingly common across the industry.
OTR team driving can be especially lucrative, as you and a co-driver can cover twice as many miles in far less time than if you were driving alone. You’ll be splitting the profits, of course, but your overall earnings will still be higher on a driving team. Team trucking is also an excellent option for new drivers, as you’ll likely be partnered with someone who can help teach you the ins-and-outs of the truck driving lifestyle.
4) The Trucking Industry Wants You!
Trucking companies want to work with millennials. As the previous generation nears retirement and the need for drivers continues to grow, companies across the country are eager and willing to hire new and passionate millennial drivers.
Even though truck driving requires a commercial driver's license, some companies will offer scholarships that sponsor your CDL-training and certifications in exchange for a one-year driving commitment. The point is, trucking companies want to work with you and are ready and willing to help you get on the road as soon as possible.
If you’re interested in learning more about how a professional truck driving career could benefit you, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at 800-248-5459 or check out our careers page!