How a male-dominated industry is becoming female friendly
Truck driving, a male-dominated industry, is seeing an increase of female drivers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, women now make up approximately 5.1 percent of the driver population, and it is slowly increasing. With organizations like the Women in Trucking Association that help promote the employment of women in the industry, the image of female drivers is changing. In addition, a nationwide shortage of truck drivers, in part due to retiring baby boomers, has left many companies realizing that women are a virtually untapped market.
According to the American Trucking Association (ATA), the U.S. trucking industry has a current driver shortage of approximately 48,000 drivers and that number is expected to rise due to a combination of industry growth and a retiring workforce. This is detrimental to the economy which is closely tied to the $800 billion trucking industry. In the U.S., about 70 percent of all freight tonnage goes on trucks and as the economy booms and demand increases for imported goods, it will affect the industry.
To date, more than 200,000 women drivers now make up to 5 percent of the trucking industry. Taking in all these factors, the ATA believes the industry will need to hire an average of 89,000 drivers per year over the next decade. Fortunately, more women are considering non-traditional careers and are making $45,000 to $50,000 a year with very little education.
Companies are also taking notice and making women friendly trucks with features such as power steering and “no–touch” freights which eliminates the need to lift very heavy loads. In 2015, Ryder Systems in Miami began offering the first of its kind female friendly vehicles for lease which included features such as adjustable heights, better placement of cab grab handles and a cab security cam. Ryder, one of the largest purchasers of heavy duty-trucks, created this custom truck package not only to help attract more women, but to make vehicles easier and safer for a broader range of drivers.
At the present, we do not have any women drivers, but we welcome those who would like to experience life on the road. Keep in mind, however, that truck driving is not like a sightseeing tour. With that said, this is a job that you may love doing, and if so, pick a company like BOS Global Logistics with a proven track record of performance and safety.
Content Creator: Yeleny Suarez