Although the trucking industry has historically been predominantly male, the number of women in trucking continues to grow. The truck driver shortage has created an increased need for new drivers of both genders, and continuing to welcome more women into trucking is a promising way to meet this need.
Women made up almost 14% of professional drivers in 2022, according to Women in Trucking, up from just 7.9% in 2018. Women have been joining the trucking industry at higher rates not just for driving roles, as women in dispatcher and safety roles both top 40%.
There are a variety of reasons women decide to become truck drivers. For the most part, the benefits that attract male drivers also attract female drivers.
SOME REASONS TO ENTER THE TRUCKING INDUSTRY INCLUDE:
Long-haul drivers can earn more than $66,000 a year.
You can earn your commercial driver’s license (CDL) in as little as 6-8 weeks, which is a small amount of training time, especially considering the earning potential.
Trucking gives you the opportunity to enjoy the freedom of the open road and see more of the country.
While truck driving has become more welcoming for women, there are still some barriers. Overall, companies are working to address these and have made significant improvements over the years.
SOME BARRIERS AND POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS INCLUDE:
Traditionally, semi-trucks have been designed for men. Today, more and more companies are considering the needs of women truck drivers and are designing cabs that are more accommodating.
Companies are more aware of the unique concerns female drivers and trainees have and are working to improve their experiences.
Many truck stops have also updated their facilities to provide more safety and comfort for all drivers, male and female.
OUR SCHOOL WELCOMES ALL CDL STUDENTS
SAN JOSE TRUCK DRIVING SCHOOL strives to provide a welcoming and supportive environment for all students. If you are interested in entering the exciting trucking industry, contact us today.