Mar 5, 2018



When many people think of the trucking industry, they think of long-haul drivers, spending days on the road, all alone, and far from home. The driver they picture is most likely male, which isn’t surprising, since only seven percent of active commercial truck drivers today are female.

But while drivers might be the most visible aspect of the industry to outsiders, women can be found behind the wheel and behind the scenes throughout the transportation sector. As technology and data analytics revolutionize the industry, the need for qualified data specialists, coders, and business analysts has created new industry entry points for women who aren’t necessarily interested climbing into the cab.

Thursday, March 8 is International Women’s Day. Omnitracs will be hosting a live roundtable discussion among leading transportation industry experts on the future of women in the trucking industry. Topics include how to attract more women in trucking as drivers or in operations and management, how to retain more qualified women, and how to set women up for success in the industry.

This live event takes place on Wednesday, March 7 at 11:30 am ET. Panelists include: Ellen Voie, Founder and CEO of Women in Trucking; Sherri Garner Brumbaugh, President and CEO of Garner Trucking, Inc.; and Lauren Domnick, senior director of analytics and modeling at Omnitracs.

Go here to register for the event. 

With the continuing driver shortage and need for more data and technology workers, it’s incumbent upon the industry to demonstrate and emphasize aspects of transportation that aren’t apparent to potential hires:

  • Safety: Industry surveys have shown that safety is a top concern for women in the industry. This includes safe driving practices and well-maintained equipment, but also extends to personal safety and the availability of women-only restrooms and secure sleeping areas on the road.
  • Technology: From the outside, today’s trucks look virtually the same as trucks from 20 or 30 years ago. But telematics, fuel efficiency, and automation have changed the experience for drivers and dispatchers alike in ways that are appealing to women and younger drivers.
  • Health: In recent years, the industry has put a greater emphasis on ergonomics and sleep training for drivers. Manufacturers have worked to make trucks more user-friendly for drivers of varying size and strength.

Today’s trucking industry is a sophisticated business that needs qualified technology workers, data scientists, logisticians, operations and people managers, and finance workers, as well as drivers of all types. To all the female drivers and trucking personnel out there, we celebrate you this International Women’s Day.


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