Making The Most of the Mountain Driver Shortage

The professional driver industry is a huge one, but it has a serious worker shortage problem. This is most clearly indicated by the truck driver shortage – the ATA estimate there are 51,000 unfilled trucker jobs nationwide, across all types of environment. The ski industry is no different; in Maine, for instance, there is a 160 job shortage, drivers included.

The professional driving role is full of opportunity, including progression, a great salary and life experience. It can take you to exotic and remote locations, help you to make lifelong friendships and all from the comfort a vehicle. In the ski industry especially, you’ll have the opportunity to craft a thrilling and rewarding career.

The versatility of a truck driver

Trucks and their inherent variability are a permanent feature in ski resorts and the workhorse of the industry. There are countless roles for truck drivers in ski resorts, but some you might not quite expect. For instance, given the size of skiing’s hospitality industry, there are opportunities to be found for those with a personable nature in the host role. The basic ‘in’ for truck drivers on the slope is quite low, too. As the WaPo has reported, snow plough drivers can branch out to the ski slopes, with both roles being in short supply. Compensation is good; according to the BLS, truck drivers can expect to earn $42,000 at a minimum, but with a huge reduction in living costs due to being on the road.

Joining the offroad 

The slopes and mountains naturally lend themselves to off road activities and this is another area in which drivers can find employment. Many mountain slopes offer cave activities for those who enjoy a touch of adventure during their stay at a resort, and many others will offer Jeep-led offroad activities through the undulating slopes of many areas. An enhanced license or evidence of ability may be key for obtaining such a role, but they are perfect for outgoing, adventurous drivers.

The simplicity of logistics

There are also ample opportunities in remote area trucking. As outlined above, there are huge labor shortages across the trucking industry, let alone the niche remote delivery industry. Truck drivers can, according to CNN, expect to be compensated to the tune of $72,000 a year, and technology is making the role safer every year; both in terms of insurance liability and your personal safety. Tackling the slopes need not be daunting.

Professional driving is a job role that not many consider, and that’s reflected in job shortages. What others avoid, however, you can benefit from, with the freedom of movement and generous salaries it entails. Take a look into the roles available – it could just be for you.

Author

Jason has lived in Colorado for nearly 20 years and loves the outdoor lifestyle in the Western mountains. He enjoys exploring new areas and writing about them to help others in their journeys.

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