Opportunities in Transportation – Get Your Career Moving

There’s a whole transportation and logistics industry out there dedicated to making sure people and goods get to their destinations safely and profitably. And that industry isn’t just primed for growth—it’s already growing. The industry needs employees for a wide variety of jobs, from truck drivers to people who can refurbish a train.

Air Transportation

Commercial airlines fly millions of people across the country for business and pleasure, and air transportation also represents the fastest way to ship most types of cargo over long distances. Because there is a great demand for air service—even in an economic downturn—careers related to the air transportation industry tend to be mostly stable.

Even better, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) expects employment in the air transportation industry to increase 7.5 percent by 2018, with many career paths experiencing double-digit growth.

Truck Transportation and Warehousing

Try driving the highway without seeing a tractor-trailer hauling cargo from one side of the country to another. Firms in the truck transportation and warehousing industry provide a link between manufacturers and consumers; the industry includes general freight trucking, specialized freight trucking, and warehousing and storage.

The BLS expects overall employment in the truck transportation and warehousing industry to increase 11 percent by 2018.

Rail Transportation

The trains are running—a lot—on three types of railroads: freight, passenger, and urban transit (subway and light rail). 

All of these modes of rail transportation require employees to operate, oversee, and assist in their operations. Rail transportation workers not only work on trains, but also can be found working in rail yards where railcars are inspected, repaired, coupled, and uncoupled.

The BLS expects employment in most railroad transportation occupations to increase by nine percent from 2008 through 2018.

Water Transportation

People who are called to the rivers and the seas can find lucrative careers. The movement of huge amounts of cargo as well as passengers in and out of U.S. waters and sometimes over the oceans depends on workers known as merchant mariners. Those workers operate and maintain civilian-owned deep-sea merchant ships, tugboats, towboats, ferries, barges, offshore supply vessels, cruise ships, and other craft on the oceans, the Great Lakes, rivers, canals, and other waterways, as well as in harbors.

The BLS expects employment in water transportation to grow 15 percent over the 2008-2018 period, faster than the average for all occupations.

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