Trucking has been a traditionally male-dominated career. The average truck driver profile is a 33-year-old male, but today more women are choosing to hit the road as truck drivers, too.
There has been a culture shift in the industry. Women are tearing down truck driver stereotypes and getting behind the wheel. Women truckers who enjoy their job say it provides them with a sense of freedom, independence and pride.
Although the U.S. truck driver force is only 6 percent female, the women driver population is increasing. In 2010, the women in the truck driver workforce was only 4.5 percent.
The U.S. trucking industry is facing a severe driver shortage. Recruiters are increasing pay and benefits for drivers, attracting a wider audience to the job. The shortage is also causing trucking companies to tap into a different market and recruit more women for the job. The biggest challenge for trucking companies when trying to attract women drivers is showing them they are welcome in the industry and breaking down the stereotypes of the typical macho male driver.
Many women are choosing to join the trucking industry as team drivers, often as a husband-wife team, so they are able to share the driving responsibility.
Many women are also choosing to become truck drivers because of the great pay and benefits. Drivers usually get paid by the mile, so gender doesn’t affect pay as much as in other industries. Women drivers are paid the same as men.
Although trucking is thought of as a man’s world, many women are choosing to join. If you are interested in becoming a truck driver, apply today for one of our open positions in our fleet.