Many young people are concerned that automation will limit the amount of truck driving opportunities soon. This is just not the case for the foreseeable future for an industry that is facing a severe driver shortage that could exacerbate disruptions to supply chains caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.
Approximately 300,000 truck drivers in Canada move an estimated $850-billion worth of goods annually, including $550 billion in imports and $300 billion in exports. While automation is expected to replace some drivers in the long-term, it’s not going to solve the labour shortage anytime soon.
Some estimate it will be at least 10 to 15 years before automation will have any impact at all on employment. Many are suggesting that like an airplane pilot, drivers will still be a necessary part of the driving equation to complete the supply chain.
With the average wage of a professional big rig driver closing in on $70,000CDN, trucking is a great opportunity to take your career to the next level. First Class is the best educator for Class 1 and Class 3 licensing in Manitoba. With locations in Thompson, Winnipeg and Brandon, there is a school close to you. Once you graduate, we have the relationships with the transport community to get you the introduction that you need to start your new career.
Now is the time to change your future for the better. Contact us today to discuss your new career as a long haul driver.