Travis Von Seggern‘s phone rings almost every day with job offers.
With a newly minted commercial driver’s license, Von Seggern of Greensburg is in total control of his job search because of the severe shortage of those holding the coveted licenses needed to operate the largest vehicles on the highway, including tractor trailers, tow trucks and buses.
“There’s so many job opportunities out there, and you can pretty much do what you want to do,” said the Iraqi war veteran, who received his license on Friday.
There is a shortage of about 23,000 licensed operators nationwide, and if the shortfall continues to grow, the gap could be 10 times larger by 2023, according to the Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association.
In western Pennsylvania, the shortage is even worse because the rapidly growing Marcellus shale drilling industry has driven up demand.
But the shortage can’t be attributed to a decrease in the overall number of drivers with commercial licenses.