LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Paula Willis could have driven to the moon and back four times if she adds up all of the miles she’s logged from trips in her tractor trailer.

“Two million miles,” Willis said. “This is my office, and the view changes all the time.”

Now, her job is to teach other people how to drive trucks.

“[I] train the new generation coming up,” she said.

And the general manager of Truck America Training in Shepherdsville, Jodie Lethgo, said the next generation isn’t like the last one.  

“A lot of the drivers that have been in the industry are retiring, and we're not getting the younger drivers to come into the industry,” Lethgo said. “People in my generation, they just weren't brought up to be truck drivers. Unfortunately, I think a lot of people look down on the industry, which I hate, because they move the economy.”

Lethgo said there is a shortage of truck drivers nationwide, and it’s driving companies to take action. Companies might pay for drivers’ CDL school or offer their own training programs. They're also offering higher pay.

“There's a great need for drivers who have their CDL license, so we are offering an incentive to get them in the door,” UPS Public Relations Manager Jim Mayer said.

Peak season at UPS doesn't start until November, but the company needs to hire 60 seasonal tractor trailer drivers right now to stay on board through Christmas.

“We're offering $32 per hour to start,” Mayer said. “It's good money. It's really good money.”

That's nearly double the pay compared to a permanent full-time tractor trailer drivers at UPS, who earn a starting wage of $18.75.

Drivers who are interested must be at least 21 years old. They need a Class A CDL with T endorsement, two years of tractor trailer experience and no moving violations within the last 12 months. They must pass a DOT physical and drug test and a UPS road test. They’ll also be on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For a link to apply, click here.

“Business is booming. Volume is growing. We have packages to move," Mayer said. "We need those drivers, and it is a really competitive market."

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