Report: Trucking Industry Needs 890,000 New Drivers In Next Decade

October 6, 2015

The trucking industry will need to hire 890,000 drivers over the next decade to meet future demand, according to a new study by the American Trucking Associations (ATA).

There are about 1.6 million tractor-trailers on the road today driven by professional drivers, according to the ATA. Of the 890,000 new hires needed by 2024, 45% would replace retiring drivers and about a third will be needed to handle growing demand, the report said, with the rest necessary to replace workers who leave the business for other reasons.

The group estimates that trucking companies will have to hire an additional 47,500 for this year alone, a number that is projected to grow to 73,500 in 2016.