Truck Driving is not just a career. More than any other career it is a lifestyle. It is a very lucrative lifestyle with an average first year income of $40,000.00. The American Trucking Association, the largest national trade association for the trucking industry released a driver shortage analysis in November 2012 that shows a driver shortage of 20,000 to 25,000 on a base of roughly 750,000 trucks. Due to the aging demographic of current truck drivers who will be retiring soon and new rules and regulations that will disqualify drivers with bad driving records and unsafe health conditions, this shortage could reach 239,000 over the next decade. The Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor is projecting a 21% increase from 2010 to 2020, a faster increase that the average of all occupations. So what does all of this mean to you? It means that there are thousands of opportunities for safe, responsible well trained professional drivers.