Truck drivers needed, driver encourages more women to apply
More than 80% of neighborhoods in the United States rely on truck drivers to deliver goods.
There are not enough drivers to go around.
One local woman has developed a mentoring program in hopes of recruiting more women to the field.
Sharae Moore has driven trucks across the country for almost five years. She says she loves the industry and wants to do more for women in trucking.
For eight years, Sharae Moore worked as a certified nursing assistant. But she wanted a career change. That's when she decided to pursue the family business.
“That's what my dad had been doing all this time, and other family members,” said Sharae Moore. “My mom was a bus driver. So, I started pursuing trying to get my CDL's as well.”
According to American Trucking Associations, female drivers make up less than seven percent of the industry.
Moore says even though it is a male-dominated field, women hold their own.
“It's rewarding being a woman out here. A lot of people recognize you right away, wave at you as we drive, and I love it,” said Moore.
For four years Moore drove across the country. She could be sent anywhere.
Now she drives six hours a day on a dedicated route, allowing her to be home more often.
“Pick up at Volkswagen, and take the glass windshields of the SUVs from Chattanooga to Mariane, Ohio,” said Moore.
A year ago, Moore created "S.H.E. Trucking Apparel," which stands for sisterhood helping empowerment in trucking.
It's more than a clothing line. Moore also developed a mentor program, so new recruits have other women to turn to as they grow in the field.
“It really helps the ladies. They really enjoy talking to other women and hearing their experiences,” said Moore.