By: Robert Lawrence
From a logistics analyst to a truck driver, there are a multitude of options for people seeking a career in the transportation industry.
Many transportation jobs only require a high school degree. However, many jobs in this sector do call for some kind of certification. For instance, truck drivers must be certified for commercial tractor-trailers and pilots must be certified through the Federal Aviation Administration.
There are also many office jobs in the transportation industry. For instance, trucks drivers working for shipping companies have logistical support and account executives determining what gets shipped and how shipments are supposed to get to their destination.
The outlook for transportation jobs is dependent upon the specific kind of job. Drivers of trucks, buses and taxis are anticipated to increase around 10 percent by 2022. However, automation and ride sharing is expected to further disrupt personal transportation industries in the coming years.
Below is a brief rundown of the different kinds of transportation jobs and the outlook for each one.
Truck drivers are accountable for transporting goods from one location to another by using large tractor-trailer trucks. These professionals drive trucks with a capacity of a minimum of 26,001 pounds per gross vehicle weight. The job typically requires driving large distances over long hours, handling the paperwork associated with shipments, inspecting shipments and basic truck maintenance.
While self-driving trucks, expected to hit the road in the coming years, could significantly impact the job market for truck drivers in, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has projected a six-percent growth in the job market through 2026.
Individuals who work as dispatchers organize drivers or vehicles to fill organizational shipping needs. These professionals should have strong communication and customer service abilities and must be capable of working closely and efficiently with people both inside and outside the company. Dispatchers and other transportation employees must work as a close-knit team to offer efficient and on-time shipping.
The American Trucking Associations has projected freight volume will increase by nearly 30 percent by 2026, which indicates a promising job outlook for dispatchers.
Analyst is the standard entry-level logistics position. Experts are accountable for accumulating and analyzing information to check for difficulties. Good math and computer abilities are essential for these positions. Logistics analysts must be able to advise their supervisors regarding their findings, so good communication skills are also necessary to succeed in this job.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics has projected a seven-percent growth in logistics analyst job from 2016 to 2026.
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Robert Lawrence joined the Cornerstone team in January 2017. As Director of Transportation, he oversees the national and regional transportation programs, policies and procedures. With over 20 years of experience in the staffing industry working in business development and regional operations, he brings a wealth of knowledge and business insight to the Cornerstone family. Robert’s hands-on approach and positive attitude towards team development and client services has garnered him accolades and awards with a proven record of client retention, market expansion, and transportation expertise.