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The Associated General Contractors of America (AGCA) say that construction jobs grew in 39 states over the last year. This means that construction in the U.S. is alive and well — and growing. Let’s take a closer look at this trend.
Where Construction Demand Grows, Hauling Demands Grow
Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that construction companies added 45,000 jobs in December 2015. For-hire trucking firms added 5,300 during the same period. While the two industries sometimes compete for workers, the growth of one is often directly related to the growth of the other.
In states where growth is slower, the biggest problem is a lack of qualified workers rather than a lack of available positions. “Depending on market segment and geography, many firms report they are having a hard time finding enough workers to keep pace with demand,” said Stephen Sandherr, CEO of AGCA.
The need for qualified truck drivers and transport companies is clearly rising as construction jobs increase, particularly for those offering specialized services. These require particular experience and expertise that is not always easy to come by and many construction companies do not have such drivers on their staff.
- Hazardous Liquid Hauling — Transporting gas, chemicals or other hazardous materials can only be done by highly skilled, specially trained drivers who are paid accordingly.
- Dump Truck Driving — Dump trucks and drivers who are properly qualified to operate them are key to most construction jobs. Like other specialized operators, they can demand a higher level of pay than general truck drivers.
- Oversized Load Hauling — Transporting heavy and oversized equipment also requires a high level of expertise. Drivers need to have a special type of license, in addition to a CDL, in order to operate over load trucks and must undergo specific training in order to be considered sufficiently qualified.
Other specialized equipment such as bulldozers, cranes, and excavators require equal levels of skill. Employing an inexperienced or underqualified operator in any of these scenarios could have costly and possibly very dangerous consequences.
The need for more skilled drivers has also opened up more opportunities for trucking schools and independent instructors, as well. New drivers aspire to these higher-paying trucking jobs, but need the in-depth training and the experience to get there.
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