10-4 There Buddy, You Want to be a Truck Driver? Texas Needs You!
If you've always dreamed of life on the road, there's a big demand for truck drivers in the state of Texas.
Supply chain issues that have affected stores and restaurants have led to a Texas truck driver shortage. KXAN-TV talked with Community Truck Driving School Operations Manager Eldon Featherson. He tells the station that trucking companies are offering lots of jobs to potential drivers.
According to KXAN-TV:
“Nobody’s applying for these jobs, and (the companies) don’t understand why,” Featherston said. “The money is out there to be made.”
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of July, roughly 33,000 trucking industry jobs remained unfilled from pre-pandemic levels. There was already a shortage before COVID-19.
What an opportunity this is for kids getting out of high school. How would you like to have a good career for the rest of your life? You don't even need a college education. You can see the world.
There is one negative, though. You can't stop at Buc-ee’s. Yeah, they don't allow big rigs in their parking lot. But you can go to Flying J's. And there are some truck stops that have movie theaters, barbershops, dentists, and more! Who knew?
And you can also get a CB handle. CBs were the cell phones of the 70s. Go back in time and ask fellow truck drivers, "what's your 20?"
It's a good life and you can have it, plus you can be helping the Lone Star state with our truck driver shortage and get on the road right out of truck driving school. There are some entry-level truck driving jobs paying up to $85,000 a year!
So, have you ever wanted to be a truck driver? Are you ready to hit the road and see the world? Let us know on Facebook or on our station app.