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Transport Operations

Careers in Transport Operations are really on the move! These are the people that drive or pilot the vehicles that transport people and freight.





Airline Pilots

Brett Manders from
Martin Pletzer from A major European Airline
Patrick Smith from One of the bigger commercial carriers
Victor Costello from RyanAir
Kate Tian from An air ambulance service in Alberta
5 reviews
pilot and navigate the flight of fixed-wing aircraft, usually on scheduled air carrier routes, for the transport of passengers and cargo. Requires Federal Air Transport certificate and rating for specific aircraft type used. Includes regional, national, and international airline pilots and flight instructors of airline pilots.
$186870
Bachelor's degree
High job satisfaction
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Commercial Pilots

pilot and navigate the flight of fixed-wing aircraft on nonscheduled air carrier routes, or helicopters. Requires Commercial Pilot certificate. Includes charter pilots with similar certification, and air ambulance and air tour pilots. Excludes regional, national, and international airline pilots.
$110830
Bachelor's degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction
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Ship and Boat Captains

command vessels in oceans, bays, lakes, rivers, or coastal waters.
$89740
Post-secondary certificate
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction
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Ship, Boat and Barge Mates

Brian Kearin from A sportfishing boat and barge that serviced a private island with ~500 residents
2 reviews
supervise or coordinate activities of crew aboard ships, boats, barges, or dredges.
$89740
No degree required
Strong job growth
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Ship Pilots

command ships to steer them into and out of harbors, estuaries, straits, or sounds, or on rivers, lakes, or bays. Must be licensed by U.S. Coast Guard with limitations indicating class and tonnage of vessels for which license is valid and route and waters that may be piloted.
$89740
No degree required
Strong job growth
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Freight and Cargo Inspectors

inspect the handling, storage, and stowing of freight and cargoes.
$81320
Bachelor's degree
Strong job growth
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Ship Engineers

supervise and coordinate activities of crew engaged in operating and maintaining engines, boilers, deck machinery, and electrical, sanitary, and refrigeration equipment aboard ship.
$81110
Post-secondary certificate
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Locomotive Engineers

drive electric, diesel-electric, steam, or gas-turbine-electric locomotives to transport passengers or freight. Interpret train orders, electronic or manual signals, and railroad rules and regulations.
$70660
No degree required
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Subway and Streetcar Operators

operate subway or elevated suburban trains with no separate locomotive, or electric-powered streetcar, to transport passengers. May handle fares.
$65480
No degree required
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Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters

coordinate activities of switch-engine crew within railroad yard, industrial plant, or similar location. Conductors coordinate activities of train crew on passenger or freight trains. Yardmasters review train schedules and switching orders and coordinate activities of workers engaged in railroad traffic operations, such as the makeup or breakup of trains and yard switching.
$65440
No degree required
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Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors

supervise and coordinate the activities of ground crew in the loading, unloading, securing, and staging of aircraft cargo or baggage. May determine the quantity and orientation of cargo and compute aircraft center of gravity. May accompany aircraft as member of flight crew and monitor and handle cargo in flight, and assist and brief passengers on safety and emergency procedures. Includes loadmasters.
$59620
No degree required
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Flight Attendants

Tyler Ellis from A major U.S. airline
Nicole Janowski from A major US airline
2 reviews
monitor safety of the aircraft cabin. Provide services to airline passengers, explain safety information, serve food and beverages, and respond to emergency incidents.
$59150
Associate's degree
High job satisfaction
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Airfield Operations Specialists

ensure the safe takeoff and landing of commercial and military aircraft. Duties include coordination between air-traffic control and maintenance personnel, dispatching, using airfield landing and navigational aids, implementing airfield safety procedures, monitoring and maintaining flight records, and applying knowledge of weather information.
$58360
Bachelor's degree
High job satisfaction
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Railroad Brake and Switch Operators

operate railroad track switches. Couple or uncouple rolling stock to make up or break up trains. Signal engineers by hand or flagging. May inspect couplings, air hoses, journal boxes, and hand brakes.
$55890
No degree required
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Locomotive Firers

monitor locomotive instruments and watch for dragging equipment, obstacles on rights-of-way, and train signals during run. Watch for and relay traffic signals from yard workers to yard engineer in railroad yard.
$55890
No degree required
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Sailors and Marine Oilers

stand watch to look for obstructions in path of vessel, measure water depth, turn wheel on bridge, or use emergency equipment as directed by captain, mate, or pilot. Break out, rig, overhaul, and store cargo-handling gear, stationary rigging, and running gear. Perform a variety of maintenance tasks to preserve the painted surface of the ship and to maintain line and ship equipment. Must hold government-issued certification and tankerman certification when working aboard liquid-carrying vessels. Includes able seamen and ordinary seamen.
$55680
No degree required
Strong job growth
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Rail Yard Engineers

drive switching or other locomotive or dinkey engines within railroad yard, industrial plant, quarry, construction project, or similar location.
$55200
No degree required
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Motorboat Operators

Chaz Wyland from
1 reviews
operate small motor-driven boats. May assist in navigational activities.
$53500
Post-secondary certificate
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Bridge and Lock Tenders

operate and tend bridges, canal locks, and lighthouses to permit marine passage on inland waterways, near shores, and at danger points in waterway passages. May supervise such operations. Includes drawbridge operators, lock operators, and slip bridge operators.
$49610
No degree required
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CDL Truck Drivers

1 reviews
drive a tractor-trailer combination or a truck with a capacity of at least 26,001 pounds Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW). May be required to unload truck. Requires commercial drivers' license. Includes tow truck drivers.
$48710
No degree required
Strong job growth
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Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers

1 reviews
drive bus or motor coach, including regular route operations, charters, and private carriage. May assist passengers with baggage. May collect fares or tickets.
$48110
No degree required
Strong job growth
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Delivery Drivers

1 reviews
drive a light vehicle, such as a truck or van, with a capacity of less than 26,001 pounds Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW), primarily to pick up merchandise or packages from a distribution center and deliver. May load and unload vehicle.
$41050
No degree required
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Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators

operate industrial trucks or tractors equipped to move materials around a warehouse, storage yard, factory, construction site, or similar location.
$39210
No degree required
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School Bus Drivers

transport students or special clients, such as the elderly or persons with disabilities. Ensure adherence to safety rules. May assist passengers in boarding or exiting.
$34360
No degree required
Strong job growth
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Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs

drive automobiles, vans, or limousines to transport passengers. May occasionally carry cargo. Includes hearse drivers.
$34360
No degree required
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction
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Couriers and Messengers

pick up and deliver messages, documents, packages, and other items between offices or departments within an establishment or directly to other business concerns, traveling by foot, bicycle, motorcycle, automobile, or public conveyance.
$33010
No degree required
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Ambulance Drivers and Attendants

Jeff Byer, NREMT from Village of Waukesha, Waukesha WI
1 reviews
drive ambulance or assist ambulance driver in transporting sick, injured, or convalescent persons. Assist in lifting patients.
$30700
No degree required
Strong job growth
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Transport Management

Careers in Transport Management plan, manage, and control the distribution of materials, products, and people. Often, more than one mode of transportation is used as distribution efforts can be complex, even national or global. These people are responsible for the plans which will help ensure that cargo arrives at the right location, on time, and in the safest, most economical manner.





Air Traffic Controllers

control air traffic on and within vicinity of airport, and movement of air traffic between altitude sectors and control centers, according to established procedures and policies. Authorize, regulate, and control commercial airline flights according to government or company regulations to expedite and ensure flight safety.
$127440
No degree required
High job satisfaction
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Transportation Managers

Alicia Xu from Canadian Alliance
2 reviews
plan, direct, or coordinate the transportation operations within an organization or the activities of organizations that provide transportation services.
$105100
Bachelor's degree
High job satisfaction
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Storage and Distribution Managers

plan, direct, or coordinate the storage or distribution operations within an organization or the activities of organizations that are engaged in storing or distributing materials or products.
$105100
Bachelor's degree
High job satisfaction
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Logistics Managers

Lazarus Jackson from Target in Queens, NY
Charlotte Robinson from A logistics company with multiple warehouses in Illinois
Steve Hurvitz from Note Logistics
Ivo Modic from Express Trans
7 reviews
plan, direct, or coordinate purchasing, warehousing, distribution, forecasting, customer service, or planning services. Manage logistics personnel and logistics systems and direct daily operations.
$105100
Bachelor's degree
High job satisfaction
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Logistics Engineers

design or analyze operational solutions for projects such as transportation optimization, network modeling, process and methods analysis, cost containment, capacity enhancement, routing and shipment optimization, or information management.
$79830
Bachelor's degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction
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Logistics Analysts

analyze product delivery or supply chain processes to identify or recommend changes. May manage route activity including invoicing, electronic bills, and shipment tracing.
$79830
Bachelor's degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction
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Logisticians

analyze and coordinate the ongoing logistical functions of a firm or organization. Responsible for the entire life cycle of a product, including acquisition, distribution, internal allocation, delivery, and final disposal of resources.
$79830
Bachelor's degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction
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Transportation Planners

prepare studies for proposed transportation projects. Gather, compile, and analyze data. Study the use and operation of transportation systems. Develop transportation models or simulations.
$79410
Bachelor's degree
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Traffic Technicians

conduct field studies to determine traffic volume, speed, effectiveness of signals, adequacy of lighting, and other factors influencing traffic conditions, under direction of traffic engineer.
$53140
No degree required
Strong job growth
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Dispatchers

schedule and dispatch workers, work crews, equipment, or service vehicles for conveyance of materials, freight, or passengers, or for normal installation, service, or emergency repairs rendered outside the place of business. Duties may include using radio, telephone, or computer to transmit assignments and compiling statistics and reports on work progress.
$44860
No degree required
Strong job growth
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Transport Support

Careers in Transport Support support and manage existing customer relationships. Transportation businesses move passengers and freight to meet customer needs and demands. Successful businesses need skilled employees to provide excellent customer service.





Customs Brokers

prepare customs documentation and ensure that shipments meet all applicable laws to facilitate the import and export of goods. Determine and track duties and taxes payable and process payments on behalf of client. Sign documents under a power of attorney. Represent clients in meetings with customs officials and apply for duty refunds and tariff reclassifications. Coordinate transportation and storage of imported goods.
$84290
No degree required
High job satisfaction
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Cargo and Freight Agents

Ed Burns from Burns Logistics
3 reviews
expedite and route movement of incoming and outgoing cargo and freight shipments in airline, train, and trucking terminals and shipping docks. Take orders from customers and arrange pickup of freight and cargo for delivery to loading platform. Prepare and examine bills of lading to determine shipping charges and tariffs.
$47170
No degree required
Strong job growth
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Freight Forwarders

Anton Noss from TForce Worldwide
1 reviews
research rates, routings, or modes of transport for shipment of products. Maintain awareness of regulations affecting the international movement of cargo. Make arrangements for additional services, such as storage or inland transportation.
$47170
No degree required
Strong job growth
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Billing, Cost and Rate Clerks

compile data, compute fees and charges, and prepare invoices for billing purposes. Duties include computing costs and calculating rates for goods, services, and shipment of goods; posting data; and keeping other relevant records. May involve use of computer or typewriter, calculator, and adding and bookkeeping machines.
$41610
No degree required
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction
Personality Match


Transport Maintenance

Careers in Transport Maintenance include the maintenance, repair, and servicing of vehicles and transportation vehicles and facilities. All transportation relies on equipment which must function as designed, whenever needed. These people keep the equipment and vehicles running while looking for more efficient, safe, and cost-effective ways to do so.





Aviation Inspectors

inspect aircraft, maintenance procedures, air navigational aids, air traffic controls, and communications equipment to ensure conformance with Federal safety regulations.
$81320
Post-secondary certificate
Strong job growth
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Signal and Track Switch Repairers

install, inspect, test, maintain, or repair electric gate crossings, signals, signal equipment, track switches, section lines, or intercommunications systems within a railroad system.
$75970
Associate's degree
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Aerospace Engineering Technicians

operate, install, adjust, and maintain integrated computer/communications systems, consoles, simulators, and other data acquisition, test, and measurement instruments and equipment, which are used to launch, track, position, and evaluate air and space vehicles. May record and interpret test data.
$70680
Post-secondary certificate
High job satisfaction
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Transportation Electrical Technicians

install, adjust, or maintain mobile electronics communication equipment, including sound, sonar, security, navigation, and surveillance systems on trains, watercraft, or other mobile equipment.
$70440
Post-secondary certificate
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Avionics Technicians

install, inspect, test, adjust, or repair avionics equipment, such as radar, radio, navigation, and missile control systems in aircraft or space vehicles.
$69180
Post-secondary certificate
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Aircraft Mechanics

Hugo Germon from
Saurabh Barnwal from
2 reviews
diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul aircraft engines and assemblies, such as hydraulic and pneumatic systems.
$69040
Post-secondary certificate
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Rail Car Repairers

diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul railroad rolling stock, mine cars, or mass transit rail cars.
$58250
No degree required
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Track Equipment Operators

lay, repair, and maintain track for standard or narrow-gauge railroad equipment used in regular railroad service or in plant yards, quarries, sand and gravel pits, and mines. Includes ballast cleaning machine operators and railroad bed tamping machine operators.
$57430
No degree required
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Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics

diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul mobile mechanical, hydraulic, and pneumatic equipment, such as cranes, bulldozers, graders, and conveyors, used in construction, logging, and mining.
$57000
Post-secondary certificate
Strong job growth
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Bus and Truck Mechanics

diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul buses and trucks, or maintain and repair any type of diesel engines. Includes mechanics working primarily with automobile or marine diesel engines.
$52090
No degree required
Strong job growth
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Automotive Body Repairers

repair and refinish automotive vehicle bodies and straighten vehicle frames.
$49430
No degree required
Strong job growth
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Automotive Master Mechanics

repair automobiles, trucks, buses, and other vehicles. Master mechanics repair virtually any part on the vehicle or specialize in the transmission system.
$46760
Post-secondary certificate
Strong job growth
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Auto Technicians

Giselle Cortez from Ford Dealership
2 reviews
repair only one system or component on a vehicle, such as brakes, suspension, or radiator.
$46760
Post-secondary certificate
Strong job growth
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Motorboat Mechanics

repair and adjust electrical and mechanical equipment of inboard or inboard-outboard boat engines.
$45490
Post-secondary certificate
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RV Service Technicians

diagnose, inspect, adjust, repair, or overhaul recreational vehicles including travel trailers. May specialize in maintaining gas, electrical, hydraulic, plumbing, or chassis/towing systems as well as repairing generators, appliances, and interior components. Includes workers who perform customized van conversions.
$43790
No degree required
Strong job growth
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Motor Vehicle Electronic Technicians

install, diagnose, or repair communications, sound, security, or navigation equipment in motor vehicles.
$41250
Post-secondary certificate
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Motorcycle Mechanics

diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul motorcycles, scooters, mopeds, dirt bikes, or similar motorized vehicles.
$40390
Post-secondary certificate
Personality Match

Auto Glass Technicians

replace or repair broken windshields and window glass in motor vehicles.
$39660
No degree required
Strong job growth
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Bicycle Repairers

Patricia Johnson from A bicycle repair shop
1 reviews
repair and service bicycles.
$33530
No degree required
Strong job growth
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Tire Repairers and Changers

repair and replace tires.
$31790
No degree required
Strong job growth
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Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipments

wash or otherwise clean vehicles, machinery, and other equipment. Use such materials as water, cleaning agents, brushes, cloths, and hoses.
$29400
No degree required
Strong job growth
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Automotive Service Attendants

service automobiles, buses, trucks, boats, and other automotive or marine vehicles with fuel, lubricants, and accessories. Collect payment for services and supplies. May lubricate vehicle, change motor oil, refill antifreeze, or replace lights or other accessories, such as windshield wiper blades or fan belts. May repair or replace tires.
$28150
No degree required
Strong job growth
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