Transportation Graduates on the Rise: What Does This Mean for Employers?

It’s no secret that for many industries, the skill gap is widening more and more. Even within the supply chain industry, we’ve seen a decrease in the number of new employees entering the workforce in the last few years.

However, hope is on the horizon. Supply Chain Dive reports that transportation majors are growing at a faster rate than other majors:

  • Enrollment in four-year, two-year, private and public postsecondary institutions has gradually declined over the past few years, but the number of enrolled students choosing to major in Transportation and Materials Moving is growing faster than most other majors, according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.
  • Overall postsecondary enrollment dropped 1.3% YoY in spring 2018. Enrollment in the Business Management major at four-year institutions dropped 2.1% YoY while the Transportation and Materials Moving increased 6.9%.
  • Enrollment in the Transportation in Materials Moving major increased the most compared to all majors at four-year institutions, according to the report, suggesting increased interest in supply chain and freight.

What Does This Mean for Employers?

This surge of new college graduates comes at the perfect time – the supply chain industry is booming. Currently, there are many positions that can be filled by new graduates. This should lead to a decrease in the talent gap and a decreased trucker turnover rate. Only time will tell how much of an impact these new graduates will have on the industry, but one thing’s for sure – supply chain programs are becoming more important than ever.

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