Demographics Of American Truck Drivers

Most people don’t realize that a great deal of their lives is impacted greatly by that of truck drivers. We take it for granted that we can simply go to stores to purchase what we need. If it weren’t for truck drivers deliver goods to stores across the country there would be little to purchase.

The career of a truck driver is different from most other jobs. Truck drivers work long hours. Truck drivers can work as local, regional or over the road drivers that drive across the country. Many drivers spend their weekends holed up in truckstops to deliver loads for the beginning of the week. These drivers are away from their friends and families.
Who are these drivers that keep stores stocked with various merchandise.


The majority of truck drivers are white males. This has been the case since the beginning of the trucking industry in the United States. The next highest group of truck drivers are hispanic males. Trailing slightly are males of other races. The lowest numbers of truck drivers are women truckers.

Women truck drivers may be few, but their ranks are growing. Women are not intimidated by driving trucks and in fact are eagerly taking up the challenge of a truck driving career.  As a result many women can driver trucks at least as well or better than many men. Women are also being attracted to other career opportunities in the trucking industry.

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It is not surprising that the largest number of truck drivers are in the age range of 35-44. Truck drivers must be at least 21 years old to get a commercial driver license and be qualified to driver across state lines. Young drivers at this stage are looking at various career options. As drivers get older they begin to retire and trucking companies seek to hire younger workers to replace them.

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