The trucking industry has been on the upswing for years.
But lately, it’s been experiencing an uptick in new job openings.
According to new data from Trucking and Logistics Inc., there were 4,000 trucking positions opening across the U.S. last month, which is up from 2,000 last year.
Those new positions include drivers, mechanics, crew members, maintenance and other support jobs, which make up a lot of the jobs in the industry.
But there are also more openings for people who work in logistics, which includes drivers, hauling, delivery, freight and more.
“The industry is seeing a very significant rebound, and the new jobs are just being added,” said Paul Pate, vice president of the Trucking Industry Association, in an interview with Polygon.
“So, if you’re looking for something that’s just a little bit more than a truck driver, look no further than the logistics sector.”
Pate said the industry is also seeing a boom in companies looking to hire drivers.
“Companies are seeing that there’s demand for drivers, and they’re looking to fill the jobs, but they’re also looking to bring people in who can do the same jobs as the drivers,” Pate told Polygon in an email.
“We believe that is the key to driving the trucking sector’s economic recovery.”
The biggest changes in the truck industry have come in the last two years, however.
As of last year, there were about 1,600 new jobs added in the transportation sector, according to the U-Haul, which represents more than 200 trucking companies.
“This is the first time that the truck is moving into the retail industry, and we believe that’s where this is heading,” said Michael R. Miller, U-haul president and CEO, in a statement.
Miller also pointed out that U-haul has been hiring truckers for a long time.
“While the industry has seen a few significant job cuts over the last few years, it has seen tremendous growth and it has been a huge asset to the economy for us,” he said.
“As a result, we are proud to say we have over 3,000 drivers on our team.”
But with trucking growing at such a pace, Miller added that the industry needs to be careful about how it uses its workforce.
“With the increased use of technology, it can create a lot more opportunities for people to fill positions,” Miller said.
Miller said the U,haul trucking workforce is also growing, with about 2,200 new jobs announced in 2017.
“To be clear, we expect our workforce to continue to grow over time, and that includes hiring additional drivers and mechanics,” he added.
“In addition, we believe our drivers are an asset to our business and our communities.”
With trucking expanding so rapidly, Miller said he expects U-hooks to continue growing at an impressive rate, with a goal of making over $8 billion in annual sales this year.
“If we can continue to sustain our growth and be competitive in our industry, we’ll be successful,” Miller added.