With great strides being made in the trucking industry, more women are attending CDL training schools to get their Class A CDL. Women truck drivers are very capable and a great asset to an industry in need of well trained, high performing truck drivers.
Across the United States, nearly 200,000 women have made truck driving their career. They make up to 4.7% of the driver force, a number that continues to grow. Some female truck drivers enter the industry because a family member was a trucker, others are enticed by the call of the open road, flexible schedules, job availability and competitive salaries.
Money is the most common reason for women to begin a trucking career. Due to the level playing field and the “equal pay for equal work” concept, many women choose trucking after their kids are grown or after a divorce. A woman who is married to a trucker may decide to get her CDL and team drive with her husband, allowing the couple to make more money while still spending time together.
Another benefit to women truck drivers is that the trucking industry likes to promote within. Women who start off in truck driving may eventually work in positions other than driving. Women have the opportunity to be involved in dispatch, sales, marketing, recruiting, management and owning their own fleet.
Being a female truck driver in a predominantly male industry presents its own unique set of issues and circumstances. To avoid uncomfortable situations, women and men truck drivers should follow these steps:
CDL Training Today knows that women make great professional truck drivers and would like to increase the opportunities for women in the trucking industry. Fill out our quick form at the top of this page for more information!