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Truck Driving Jobs Ranked as One of Toughest to Fill

July 24, 2013

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More than a third of hiring managers currently have positions that have remained open for 12 weeks or longer, according to new research by the online lob listing service CareerBuilder. Among the hardest to fill are slots for truck drivers.

“Two in five employers reported that they continuously recruit throughout the year, so that they have candidates in their pipeline in case a position opens up down the road,” says Brent Rasmussen, president of CareerBuilder North America.

CareerBuilder found since 2010 there have been 113,517 new jobs for truck drivers created in the United States, translating into a growth rate of 6.7% and the fourth highest on its list of the jobs most difficult to fill.

Among the jobs that were cited as most difficult to fill, in order of jobs added are:

  • Sales Representative, 584,792 new jobs added from 2010 to 2013, 3.8% job growth from 2010 to 2013
  • Machine Operator/Assembler/Production Worker, 135,363 new jobs, 9.9% growth
  • Nurse, 135,325 new jobs, 5% growth
  • Truck Driver, 113,517 new jobs, 6.7% growth
  • Software Developer, 103,708 new jobs, 11.2% growth
  • Engineer, 73,995 new jobs, 4.9% growth
  • Marketing Professional, 57,045 new jobs, 11.3% growth
  • Accountant, 55,670 new jobs, 4.5% growth
  • Mechanic, 53,002 new jobs, 4.1% growth
  • IT Manager/Network Administrator, 48,709 new jobs, 7.5% growth


  1. 1. BarbRRB [ July 25, 2013 @ 05:05AM ]

    Going to get tougher to fill. FMCSA is making it harder and harder for people to enjoy their job. Never look at the big picture to what they are doing. Government is destroying america.

  2. 2. John Mullen [ July 25, 2013 @ 05:58AM ]

    While the overburden of reulations is the apparent cause of driver shortage let's put the onus where it belongs. The industry wide working conditions in Truckload are unacceptable to the present would be drivers. The same problem is also the cause of driver turnover , an ongoing search for better conditions, which are not there.

  3. 3. rob [ July 25, 2013 @ 06:09AM ]

    When drivers are treated as humans instead of terrorists who have no concern for life there will be plenty of applicants. Most drivers quit because of burdensome regulations imposed by idiots that never drove a truck.

  4. 4. mo [ July 25, 2013 @ 06:26AM ]

    Dot is responsible for citing the good drivers and making it harder for the entire industry, US government is rebuilding other countries while our roads are horrible very bad bridges collapse that's why I was afraid and quit :)

  5. 5. Keith [ July 25, 2013 @ 06:50AM ]

    I agree that goverment is making things harder for drivers, but the general skills of the work force be it driver or other positions Sucks. That why driving does not pay as good as it should which keeps people from wanting to enter this kind of work.

  6. 6. PHINLY LARANJO SULASULA [ July 25, 2013 @ 10:49AM ]

    I want to apply as a trailer truck driver. I'm working here in Kuwait Oil Tanker Company (KOTC-KUWAIT)

  7. 7. blindpig [ July 25, 2013 @ 12:05PM ]

    There should be some rule here about no whining. Do you complainers really want to blame the FMCSA and the DOT (same thing) for the driver's troubles? The driver can't claim responsibility for the trend over many years for fewer fatalities caused by big trucks but it was the action of the FMCSA who dragged the driver kicking and screaming to behave better on our highways. For my friends and family I say thanks FMCSA and who in their right mind would want to return to the old ways that saw more danger on the highways from bad drivers? There is more than one problem related to turnover but a couple of them are the market place decides the pay and drivers decide to put up with it. Stop being a professional victim!

  8. 8. Dick Gaib [ July 27, 2013 @ 01:32PM ]

    After 3 million plus miles, and no on highway tickets, in 20 yrs. I can say for a fact that the changes as to drug testing, hours of service, and the equipment safety improvements have worked well. However this last regulation that started onJuly 1, is the dumbest idea that they have came up with. It is a law looking for a problem, not a law to cure a problem. The industry would be well served to demand that all miles for truckload drivers be actual miles, using routes permitted for 80,000 rigs. This would help with pay for the drivers and is not unfair to anyone. After all we are trying to cover miles that we do not get paid for and at the same time asked to do it with fictious miles. The shippers and receivers are at the same time not be billed in a consistant, fare cost way. The trucking companies would only need to pass the cost thru to the shippers and receivers. As to the July 1, law, if all carriers would fight as hard as they could for repeal of this law it would be eliminted. I have heard for many years that the pay will go up, however, some of the problem is with the owner operators, that take low cost freight, just to get home.


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