Recruiting Minority Drivers Key to Reshaping Trucking’s Image, Demographer Says
The trucking industry needs to increase driver pay, change the image of the profession and hire more minority job seekers to mitigate the driver shortage, a demographer told transportation executives.
“Driver shortage? Here’s what you do: Improve the image of truck drivers,” Ken Gronbach, a demographer and futurist, recently told executives attending the Transplace Shipper Symposium.
And because 17% of the U.S. population is Latino and 13% African-American, Gronbach said, the industry needs to recruit more minority drivers, a sizable and largely untapped potential pool of drivers.
“If you’re not employing these people, you don’t understand,” Gronbach said. “Right now, you’re getting your drivers from a very, very small group that is currently 33 to 52 years old.”
But there is a bright spot, Gronbach said. Because the cab of a truck looks more like a video game than a big rig, there is a potential natural attraction to the younger generation of tech-savvy job seekers.
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