Truck Driver Shortage: A Promising Outlook For Trade Schools

May 09 2014

A Career in Truck Driving is Closer Than You May Think

The shortage of truck drivers in the United States has made headlines over the past few years in many states, Pennsylvania included. Recent industry figures estimate the trucking industry is experiencing a shortfall of 30,000 drivers, with projections estimating the need for truck drivers will increase by 330,000 more jobs by 2020. Currently, the U.S. Bureau of Labor puts the number of tractor-trailer and heavy-truck drivers at 1.6 million.

Truck Driving

Trade schools have taken advantage of the demand for qualified truck drivers by offering truck driving programs that train students in the field, creating new job prospects in a struggling economy. Trucking companies are struggling to find new drivers, and high school graduates are taking advantage of the opportunity by attending truck driving schools, with hopes of finding work immediately upon graduation, unlike many who are struggling to find jobs while paying off college loans.

Truck Driving is not a limited field; there are many opportunities for various types of truck driving jobs, including:

  • Tractor-Trailer Drivers
  • Delivery Truck Drivers
  • Local Truck Drivers
  • Van Drivers
  • Dump Truck Drivers
  • Long Haul Truck Drivers

In addition to these jobs, many Class A CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) programs have popped up at trade schools in recent years in response to the growing number of Marcellus Shale jobs. Many jobs in the Marcellus Shale Industry require a Class A CDL, and the number of jobs in the industry has experienced a boom in recent years, and is expected to grow.

Rosedale Technical Institute of Pittsburgh is one of Pennsylvania’s top technical schools, earning the prestigious award of Best Places to Work In Pittsburgh in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. They are accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career School and Colleges and is licensed by the Pennsylvania Board of Private Licensed Schools. In addition to this, they have been evaluated by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) and has been judged to meet the Automotive Service Excellence standards for all eight mechanical areas in both the Automotive and Diesel Technology programs.

Responding to the needs of today’s job market in the technical field, Rosedale Technical Institute of Pittsburgh offers both truck driving training and CDL training in a “hands-on” atmosphere that strives to ensure that their students succeed in their careers. Rosedale Technical Institute is on the cutting-edge of modern truck driving training and CDL training, and their superior student services program provides students with the skills they need to have a successful career in truck driving.

Rosedale Technical Institute of Pittsburgh also offers job placement assistance to students, giving them the edge that they need in today’s competitive job market, and financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Contact Rosedale Technical Institute today to schedule a free tour and find out more about their Truck Driving School program or CDL Driving Training.