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More Hispanic Women Start Truck Driving Careers

In the past, truck drivers were typically white males. As the trucking industry has grown and the need for more professional truck drivers has increased, the pool of workers has grown too. More Hispanic women have started driving a truck professionally than ever before.

According to Brad Ball, President of Roadmaster Driver School: 

Given the demographics of the Phoenix area, says Ball—Arizona’s population is 31.7 percent Hispanic, and Phoenix’s is 41 percent —the Roadmaster school in Phoenix is well-positioned to provide entry into an increasingly diverse industry.

“We’re in the right place at the right time,” he says. “The traditional demographic for truck drivers are white, male, and older, but that’s changing fast.” Out of a population of 3.5 million truck drivers in the U.S., he notes, currently, 38.75 percent are minorities—14.6 percent are Hispanic, a proportion that is widely expected to increase—and 6 percent are women.

Between 2010 and 2018, the number of female truck drivers increased by 68 percent, which is expected to continue rising.

One thing to keep in mind is that the truck driving industry is making sure not to exclude anyone. All types of people are welcome and can earn the same as anyone else in the industry.

What’s In It For Hispanic Women?

According to the Women in Trucking Association, of the 3.5 million professional truck drivers in the United States, only 7.89 percent are women.

What does this mean? Does it mean that men are far better at driving or are the only ones who can do the job? Is trucking a man’s world? Absolutely not. 

Women have been professional truck drivers for years. The low numbers don’t mean that there aren’t successful women in trucking or that it’s a man’s world. 

The main benefit is that women can make great pay and have exceptional benefits. For example, the average starting pay is around $45K a year. Yet, that is just the start. Some professional truck drivers make up to $70 – 90K a year. Not many industries provide equal pay like trucking does, due in part to being paid by the mile. 

There is plenty of job security in this field. The United States needs drivers in the trucking industry. The essentials we use even during a pandemic must be delivered across the country, and this type of job cannot be outsourced. With truckers being vital to our way of life, there are often sign-on bonuses and extras attractive to new truck drivers. 

There are benefits like medical, dental, and vision insurance. Life insurance is also standard, and 401K retirement plans are the norm. 

Women don’t have to feel alone, either. Many trucking companies allow couples to drive as team drivers, and many allow you to bring a pet. If you decide to drive as a couple, you and your partner make more money than driving solo, and you don’t have to do everything alone.

And one of the significant benefits is getting to see the country while you work. You don’t have a boss sitting behind you or looking over your shoulder at every move you make. You get to see the best of America, all while making a good living. Imagine seeing the United States from coast to coast. Snow in the mountains, beaches in Florida, and big cities’ bright lights all from your truck. And of course, you can make stops or preparations to see the things you want to take more time to visit.

Start Your Professional Truck Driving Career

When you get your Class A CDL license, you are ready to apply for entry-level truck driver jobs. Attending a truck driving school like Roadmaster ensures you have a career placement associate to help you prepare for your new trucking career.
Are you ready for a rewarding, essential career that doesn’t discriminate against women or minorities? Contact Roadmaster by filling out the application form or calling us at 1-800-831-1300.