Transportation Employment Information
Transportation Industry Overview
More than 8.6 million Americans work in transportation jobs, including more than 3 million truck drivers who move raw materials and finished goods around the nation. Long-haul truck driver is the most common job in transportation. Tractor-trailer drivers work in tandem with route planners, traffic dispatchers and traffic managers. Delivery truck drivers distribute cargo in a limited area.
Transportation Job Types
Long-haul truck drivers transport goods between cities and states, typically in trucks weighing more than 26,000 pounds. Self-employed tractor-trailer drivers are called owner-operators.
Delivery truck drivers and driver/sales workers deliver merchandise to stores or customers’ homes typically in one region or urban area. They drive trucks of 26,000 pounds or less.
Traffic dispatchers organize where truck drivers go. They stay in touch with the drivers, give them assignments, share traffic information and maintain tracking logs.
Traffic managers analyze data, work with vendors and set policies to help their companies efficiently deliver goods and maximize profits.
Transportation Education and Certifications
To get a delivery truck driver job or driver/sales job, you’ll need a high school diploma or GED, plus on-the-job training. To advance and find transportation job opportunities as a long-haul tractor-trailer driver, you’ll need a few years of related driving experience as well.
Pursuing a transportation career as a traffic manager requires a bachelor’s degree, but some companies will hire someone with an associate’s degree and several years of experience.
States have special license requirements or tests for truck drivers whose jobs involve hazardous material, tankers, and double- or triple-trailer trucks.
Transportation Job Market
Transportation employment for heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers is expected to increase 21 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average occupation, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
Light truck/delivery truck driver employment will increase 15 percent during that period, about average for all occupations, while driver/sales worker jobs will grow 10 percent, the BLS reports.
The median salary for heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers was $37,930 in May 2011, according to the BLS. Dispatchers earned median salaries of $35,200. Light truck and delivery services drivers earned a median of $29,080. Driver/sales workers made $22,770.
About the Position: Employee Lunchroom Department Manager - A Truck Driver drives merchandise from the Corporate Office to assigned branch store locations. Applicants must have doubles endorsement and at least two years over-the-road experience. Primary job responsibilities of a Truck Driver include the following: Drive semi tractor and trailer. Log mileage, stops taken, inspections and mainten...
Share the challenge of working for a global company by joining the exceptional team at Pilkington! Currently, our Automotive Glass Replacement division seeks a customer-oriented individual for part-time employment as a Warehouse/Driver at our Salem Service Center. Typical hours for this position will be from 9:30am to approximately 3:00pm, Monday thru Friday. The Warehouse/Driver position is res...
This position is responsible to coordinate the efforts of the Warehouse, Distribution, and 3PL Suppliers. The person in this position prepares and reports Key Performance Indicators and performance metrics for the Logistics department, ensures that all supplies are obtained and distributed as required, helps with any work order or material movement QAD transactions that may be required, investigat...
Primary Purpose and Essential Functions: Manage and perform Customer Service functions regarding designated business from a geographically defined territory or assigned customer base which could include regional, dedicated or a decentralized National Account. This position will assist in balancing available capacity and freight demands in conjunction with maintaining a positive working relationshi...
Get new jobs by email for this search
We'll keep looking and send you new jobs that match this search.
Upload your resume and let employers find you!
It's that simple!
Popular Transportation Articles
Great Entry-Level Transportation Jobs for College Grads
If you’re in your senior year and not sure what type of job you want after graduation, you might want to consider a job in the transportation industry.
Transportation and Warehousing Jobs
Transportation and warehousing workers move materials around the country. Learn about jobs in this sector.
Transportation & Warehousing Jobs Women Don’t Consider
Many transportation and warehousing positions don’t occur to women. Find out whether this career could be right for you.
Get Help for Your Commute
If your commute is becoming too much of a hassle, you don't need to go it alone. Here’s how to get your company to pitch in.
5 Industries Where Workers Have the Most Job Security
If you’re looking for a job that comes with a little bit of security, check out this list from PayScale, which ranked the industries where employees last the longest in their positions.