About one of every 15 workers in the U.S. is employed by the trucking industry, according to the American Trucking Association. There are about 3.5 million professional truck drivers in the country and the total number of people employed by the industry, including positions that do not entail driving, exceeds 8.7 million. These figures indicate that trucking is a stable industry to get into and will most likely produce many more jobs in the coming years.
The annual shortage of truck drivers is around 20,000. This figure is expected to grow into a shortage of about 111,000 truck drivers.