Last summer we reached out to many of our carriers to learn more about their demographics, their career path to trucking, and their thoughts on working in the transportation industry. We found out many exciting things, including that people in transportation love their job. Another finding that excited us was that about 13% of carriers who use uShip to source loads as their primary source of income were women.
As with all of the carriers that responded to us, we were happy to see that the trend held and women love their jobs in transportation. Additionally, for most of these women, transportation was not their first career. 77% began careers in transportation after having careers in other industries, and most were not new to transportation as 75% had over two years experience in the industry. Moreover, all indicated that the biggest motivating factors they have when booking loads is getting a good rating on uShip and making their customers happy.
Aside from our data, the industry is seeing a positive growth of women drivers. According to 2014 data from the American Trucking Association, women made up 5.8 percent of truck drivers in the US compared to 4.6 percent in 2010. It’s a trend that we hope continues and one that may help the overall industry driver shortage.
We wanted to highlight this data today, International Women’s Day, as it is a global day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. We believe that a diversity of experiences and backgrounds are positive for the industry and will drive innovation.
We also want to thank all of the women in trucking and those who use uShip to find shipments and make those customers happy. Thank you.