I've written about this before, but the chart below blew me away. Take a look at this chart from Fortune and we'll talk about it after the jump (email subscribers click through for image, click on image to blow it up further):
There are 1.8 million truck drivers in the U.S., making it one of the largest occupations in the country. There are tens of thousands of truck drivers in most major metropolitan areas. Also, not really represented in the chart above - most rural areas that lost light manufacturing or textile mills at the end of the last century transitioned a bunch of male workers from manufacturing to driving trucks, because it was the only job available to many to remain living at the same location.
Here's some metro specific stats of how many truck drivers will be impacted by the self-driving vehicle revolution - courtesy of Fortune:
Some economies rely on truck driving more than others: In Omaha, 2.8% of people who have jobs are truckers. In Joplin, Mo., it’s 5.6%. The threat of losing those jobs over the next decade is real: Last fall a truck full of beer in Colorado made the first fully automated delivery.
Here, a list of the metros—small and large—where the largest percentage of workers are truckers according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data:
- Joplin, Mo.: 5.6% (4,300 truck drivers)
- Fayetville, N.C.: 4.2% (9,820 truck drivers)
- Midland, Texas: 4.2% (3,620 truck drivers)
- Fort Smith, Ark.: 3.9% (4,240 truck drivers)
- Greeley, Co.: 3.5% (3,410 truck drivers)
Honorable mention: Memphis: 2.3% (14,420 truck drivers)
Remember - less options for the people in the areas above to transition to another career.