More women climbing into big rigs than ever before

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Posted: Sep 14, 2011 4:38 PM by Rob Krieger
Updated: Sep 14, 2011 5:45 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: baton rouge, trucker, big rig, school, hiring, job, economy, women, wbrz, louisiana

BATON ROUGE- The truck-driving industry is on the move and heading for a sunny outlook on jobs.

The industry is in need of at least 200,000 jobs this year and is expected to double that need next year, according to Suzan McCaskill at the Coastal Truck Driving School in Baton Rouge.

"All these companies right now are fighting for truck drivers, they're begging for truck drivers," she said.

That's why so many people are signing up for classes; especially women, who now make up more than 20 percent of the industry.

"I'm getting paid to supply people, I love helping and caring for people, so I'm meeting a need for people and enjoying my life at the same time," said Winnie Harris, who recently graduated from the school. "Came through, accomplished a goal, and the day I graduated I had a job and like seven other offers."

The average pay for a new truck driver can range between $35,000 to $45,000 a year.

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