Is Trucking A Recession Proof Career?

When I say trucking is a recession proof career, I don't mean literally trucking will not suffer any during an economic crisis.

What I do mean is that because of the nature of the industry trucking will be the last to feel the effects of the economy and one of the first to recover as the sick economy heals.

Think about it from a logical standpoint. Every other company that continues to use or produce goods will need trucks to get materials there and haul them away right?

As soon as the economy starts to recover the demand for drivers immediately picks back up. We don't have to worry about producing the right product or hope the consumer buys this or that in order to be in demand. What we supply is in demand no matter what the consumer wants. We supply transportation of what ever is moving.

Our demand is safely predictable.  It's basically guaranteed.

Unless you really think that the sky is falling and we shall never again experience growth in the economy, there is no way you can deny that trucking is a great place to be.  A Class A license is golden.

That includes during a recession.  (Of course it's possible to specialize in the wrong sector of trucking and suffer more than average or do better than the average trucker.  There's nuances to EVERYTHING in life.)

Will companies go under doing a recession? 

Of course,  it's unfortunate but the good drivers can go somewhere else and get another job. Often people stay somewhere that they needed to leave from anyway just because they didn't want to take time to switch!

If company goes under, in many cases, it needed to go under.  The good news is that a good driver can go somewhere else and get a another trucking job.

For most other types of employees, can they can't and get another job as easily when let go in a recession?

So that's why I say trucking is recession proof.

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Tony Barkley (owner operator 10 years) 
This is most definitely true. The company i lease to right now has reduced the fleet by about 100 trucks, but did so without firing anybody. Turnover rates …

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The price of diesel continues to steadily climb. Diesel fuel is the particular fuel that powers everything in the world's economy and I mean everything! …

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Hello I use to be an over the road driver for sixteen years and I have been looking for a local driving job in Miami Florida. I have been on six interviews …

Jimmy, Kingman,Az Not rated yet
Excellent blog. Trucking parallels the economy. You said GOOD drivers can always find work. That is so true. The more experienced you are, the more in …

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