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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 and Flight Engineers

pilot and navigate the flight of fixed-wing, multi-engine aircraft, usually on scheduled air carrier routes, for the transport of passengers and cargo. Requires Federal Air Transport Pilot certificate and rating for specific aircraft type used. Includes regional, National, and international airline pilots and flight instructors of airline pilots.
Salary: $169560
Degree: Bachelor's degree
High job satisfaction


Commercial Pilots

pilot and navigate the flight of fixed-winged 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.
Salary: $96530
Degree: Bachelor's degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction


Ship and Boat Captains

command vessels in oceans, bays, lakes, rivers, or coastal waters.
Salary: $82380
Degree: Post-secondary certificate
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction


Ship, Boat and Barge Mates

supervise or coordinate activities of crew aboard ships, boats, barges, or dredges.
Salary: $82380
Degree: No degree required
Strong job growth



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.
Salary: $82380
Degree: No degree required
Strong job growth


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.
Salary: $75710
Degree: Post-secondary certificate


Freight and Cargo Inspectors

inspect the handling, storage, and stowing of freight and cargoes.
Salary: $75330
Degree: Bachelor's degree
Strong job growth


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.
Salary: $69030
Degree: No degree required



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.
Salary: $66920
Degree: No degree required


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.
Salary: $66080
Degree: No degree required


Subway and Streetcar Operators

operate subway or elevated suburban trains with no separate locomotive, or electric-powered streetcar, to transport passengers. May handle fares.
Salary: $62970
Degree: No degree required


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.
Salary: $58890
Degree: No degree required



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.
Salary: $56760
Degree: Bachelor's degree
High job satisfaction


Flight Attendants

provide personal services to ensure the safety, security, and comfort of airline passengers during flight. Greet passengers, verify tickets, explain use of safety equipment, and serve food or beverages.
Salary: $56630
Degree: Associate's degree
High job satisfaction


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.
Salary: $55110
Degree: No degree required


Rail Yard Engineers

drive switching or other locomotive or dinkey engines within railroad yard, industrial plant, quarry, construction project, or similar location.
Salary: $54640
Degree: No degree required



Motorboat Operators

operate small motor-driven boats. May assist in navigational activities.
Salary: $50350
Degree: Post-secondary certificate


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.
Salary: $47660
Degree: No degree required


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.
Salary: $46180
Degree: No degree required
Strong job growth


CDL Truck Drivers

drive a tractor-trailer combination or a truck with a capacity of at least 26,000 pounds Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW). May be required to unload truck. Requires commercial drivers' license.
Salary: $45570
Degree: No degree required
Strong job growth



Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers

drive bus or motor coach, including regular route operations, charters, and private carriage. May assist passengers with baggage. May collect fares or tickets.
Salary: $44650
Degree: No degree required
Strong job growth


Delivery Drivers

drive a light vehicle, such as a truck or van, with a capacity of less than 26,000 pounds Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW), primarily to deliver or pick up merchandise or to deliver packages. May load and unload vehicle.
Salary: $36920
Degree: No degree required


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.
Salary: $36480
Degree: No degree required


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.
Salary: $33390
Degree: No degree required
Strong job growth



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.
Salary: $30620
Degree: No degree required


Ambulance Drivers and Attendants

drive ambulance or assist ambulance driver in transporting sick, injured, or convalescent persons. Assist in lifting patients.
Salary: $29010
Degree: No degree required
Strong job growth


Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs

drive automobiles, vans, or limousines to transport passengers. May occasionally carry cargo. Includes hearse drivers.
Salary: $28450
Degree: No degree required
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction




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.
Salary: $120830
Degree: No degree required
High job satisfaction


Transportation Managers

plan, direct, or coordinate the transportation operations within an organization or the activities of organizations that provide transportation services.
Salary: $102850
Degree: Bachelor's degree
High job satisfaction


Logistics Managers

plan, direct, or coordinate purchasing, warehousing, distribution, forecasting, customer service, or planning services. Manage logistics personnel and logistics systems and direct daily operations.
Salary: $102850
Degree: Bachelor's degree
High job satisfaction


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.
Salary: $102850
Degree: Bachelor's degree
High job satisfaction



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.
Salary: $85750
Degree: Bachelor's degree


Logisticians

analyze and coordinate the 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.
Salary: $78730
Degree: Bachelor's degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction


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.
Salary: $78730
Degree: Bachelor's degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction


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.
Salary: $78730
Degree: Bachelor's degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction



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.
Salary: $50700
Degree: No degree required
Strong job growth


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.
Salary: $42940
Degree: No degree required
Strong job growth




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.
Salary: $76960
Degree: No degree required
High job satisfaction


Transportation Inspectors

inspect and monitor transportation equipment, vehicles, or systems to ensure compliance with regulations and safety standards.
Salary: $75330
Degree: No degree required
Strong job growth


Cargo and Freight Agents

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.
Salary: $46070
Degree: No degree required
Strong job growth


Freight Forwarders

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.
Salary: $46070
Degree: No degree required
Strong job growth



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.
Salary: $39520
Degree: No degree required
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction




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.
Salary: $75330
Degree: Post-secondary certificate
Strong job growth


Aerospace Engineering Technicians

operate, install, calibrate, 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.
Salary: $68970
Degree: Post-secondary certificate
High job satisfaction


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.
Salary: $67800
Degree: Associate's degree


Avionics Technicians

install, inspect, test, adjust, or repair avionics equipment, such as radar, radio, navigation, and missile control systems in aircraft or space vehicles.
Salary: $65330
Degree: Post-secondary certificate



Aircraft Mechanics

diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul aircraft engines and assemblies, such as hydraulic and pneumatic systems. Includes helicopter and aircraft engine specialists.
Salary: $65230
Degree: Post-secondary certificate


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.
Salary: $61460
Degree: Post-secondary certificate


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.
Salary: $57120
Degree: No degree required


Rail Car Repairers

diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul railroad rolling stock, mine cars, or mass transit rail cars.
Salary: $56020
Degree: No degree required



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 surface mining.
Salary: $53370
Degree: Post-secondary certificate
Strong job growth


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.
Salary: $49150
Degree: No degree required
Strong job growth


Automotive Body Repairers

repair and refinish automotive vehicle bodies and straighten vehicle frames.
Salary: $46460
Degree: No degree required
Strong job growth


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.
Salary: $43730
Degree: Post-secondary certificate
Strong job growth



Auto Technicians

repair only one system or component on a vehicle, such as brakes, suspension, or radiator.
Salary: $43730
Degree: Post-secondary certificate
Strong job growth


Motorboat Mechanics

repair and adjust electrical and mechanical equipment of inboard or inboard-outboard boat engines.
Salary: $42330
Degree: Post-secondary certificate


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.
Salary: $40090
Degree: No degree required
Strong job growth


Motorcycle Mechanics

diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul motorcycles, scooters, mopeds, dirt bikes, or similar motorized vehicles.
Salary: $39260
Degree: Post-secondary certificate



Motor Vehicle Electronic Technicians

install, diagnose, or repair communications, sound, security, or navigation equipment in motor vehicles.
Salary: $36750
Degree: Post-secondary certificate


Auto Glass Technicians

replace or repair broken windshields and window glass in motor vehicles.
Salary: $36370
Degree: No degree required
Strong job growth


Bicycle Repairers

repair and service bicycles.
Salary: $30290
Degree: No degree required
Strong job growth


Tire Repairers and Changers

repair and replace tires.
Salary: $29530
Degree: No degree required
Strong job growth



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.
Salary: $26900
Degree: No degree required
Strong job growth


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, install antifreeze, or replace lights or other accessories, such as windshield wiper blades or fan belts. May repair or replace tires.
Salary: $25940
Degree: No degree required
Strong job growth




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