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LAS CRUCES — Are you looking for work and have a fairly clean driving record and a clean bill of health? If you don’t mind the life of a professional truck driver, there are spots open. Many spots. “The demand right now all over the country is through the roof,” said David Ortiz, administrative counselor with International Truck Driving School at Doña Ana Community College at 2345 E. Nevada Ave. “The oil fields are a big hiring place right now.”
Royal Jones, owner of Las Cruces-based Mesilla Valley Transportation which employs more than 1,400 drivers, said that his company is constantly on the lookout for drivers. “In the last month we’ve hired 100 new drivers, but we lost 80,” he said. The American Trucking Association reports that the driver shortage could reach 110,000 drivers by 2014. “Long-term trends could cause the shortage to explode in the next decade,”trucknews.com reports.
David Mendez, 44, is a trucking student at DACC and said he hopes to find a job with one of the big trucking companies. “There are more job opportunities,” he said when asked why he has turned to trucking. “I’m looking for a better income,” said Justin Guiterez, 31. “As a single dad, I needed more (opportunity).” Jones said that Mesilla Valley Transportation, which also operates a truck driving school, has seen older drivers and team drivers. “A husband-and-wife team and go out and make 120,000 to 150,000 bucks,”he said.
Three reasons why there is such a demand for drivers are: the lifestyle of a trucker; the strict requirements to qualify; the fact that trucks haul just about everything and are always in great demand. “Baby Boomers are retiring and moving out of the industry,” Jones said. “Our industry is tough on a family guy. You see more guys in their 40s and older.”