If you’re looking for a new career, you might want to consider long-haul trucking. Why? Because 80 percent of the cargo in North America is shipped by truck.  And experts say there’s going to be a critical shortage of drivers in the next few years.

Experts anticipate that more than 10,000 truck-driver jobs will be added every year for the foreseeable future.  But only one-tenth that many new drivers are being trained.

Already, a lot of trucking companies are adding new tractor-trailer rigs to their fleets, and they’re having a hard time finding enough people to put behind the wheel. The mid-range yearly salary for truckers is $38,000 and some drivers can clear $100,000 a year. The biggest drawback? Drivers often spend days or weeks on the road away from their families.

You also need a commercial driver’s license to drive a big-rig which can take at least a month of training, and cost upwards of $3,000.

To attract new workers, some trucking companies are offering higher wages, or a few extra cents per mile. They’re also working with drivers to carve out shorter routes designed to get them home sooner. And at C.R. England – a trucking company that operates 5 driver-training schools – if you graduate from their program and work for the company for 6 months, they’ll refund your tuition.

Want to go further? Check out the website CREngland.com.