The massive transportation industry includes everything from municipal buses to airplanes. The transportation industry includes all the businesses that move goods and people by land, air and sea, from one place to another. It should be noted the U.S. Chamber of Commerce reports the U.S. transportation infrastructure is outdated and is not keeping up with the needs of the modern economy. Without the transportation sector, industries and economies global and domestic would disintegrate.
The freight transportation sector has been consolidating, as companies seek to become global players, by merging into huge full-service integrators, combining trains, ships, rail and boats. Also, the transportation industry includes the people working behind-the-scenes such as those loading containers and those coordinating the logistics of thousands of railroad cars.
Transportation Employment - Employer Reviews
- Adams Oil Company Careers
- AOM Inc Careers
- Blasi Trucking Careers
- BNSF Railway Careers
- Coastal Cargo Careers
- CR England Careers
- DAK Americas Careers
- Estes Express Lines Careers
- FedEx Careers
- Golden Eagle Moving Careers
- Graebel Van Lines Careers
- Highway Transport Careers
- Liquid Transport Trucking Careers
- National Freight inc. Careers
- New England Motor Freight Careers
- Panther Transportation Careers
- Penske Logistics Careers
- Prime Inc Careers
- Robert Bosch Careers
- Ryder Logistics Careers
- Swift Transportation Careers
- United Airlines Careers
- UPS Careers
- UPS Supply Chain Solutions Careers
- US Airways Careers
- Volpe Center Careers
- Yellow Cab Careers
- The U.S. transportation industry revenues in 2010 was $1.75 (in trillions), (Plunkett Research Ltd.)
- In 2010 the revenue in freight ton miles was 7.2 (in billions), (U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics)
- In 2010 air transportation revenue passenger enplanements, domestic: 635.3 (in millions), revenue passenger enplanements, international: 77.4 (in millions) (U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA))
- In 2009 truck transportation operating revenue was 180.7 (in billions), (U.S. Census Bureau)
- There were 237 trucks (in thousands) in the truck transportation sector in 2009 (U.S. Census Bureau)
Transportation Industry Employment Background
Job opportunities in the transportation industry can be classified geographically as international, national, regional or local. Often, new workers in the transportation industry begin at the local level. Jobs in the transportation industry are generally included in the following categories: driving, piloting, sales, marketing, documentation and information technology.
Driving and piloting jobs include everything from driving a UPS truck to piloting a boat, train or airplane.
Sales representatives spend a lot of time working with clients, quoting prices and collaborating with their company's pricing department to determine fees for deliveries.
Marketing workers promote their companies to potential and current clients and investors. They typically cite their lower prices or the efficiencies their company has in shipping procedures.
Documentation workers are involved with pricing and rating. Pricing staff members determine the rates clients pay and rating department staff members are involved with bills of lading-final computation of prices charged to clients. Documentation workers involved with international accounts also deal with customs-related issues.
Jobs in information technology involve database management, supply chain management and the development and maintenance of warehouse systems. Logistics workers plan and manage efficient transportation from individual shipments to fleets of trucks. They use 3-D graphics and special software to arrange the placement of tons of freight onboard a ship or to plan global shipping routes.
Transportation Industry Employment Statistics
- 4.5 million people employed in the U.S. transportation industry in 2008 (Plunckett Research Ltd.)
- In 2008 there were 35,000 office and administrative support jobs in the air transportation sector (Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS))
- In 2010 the air transportation industry provided 464.2 (in thousands) jobs (BLS)
- In 2010, 214.9 (in thousands) were employed in the railroad transportation sector (BLS)
- There were 1,244.1 (in thousands) workers in the truck transportation industry in 2010 (BLS)
- As of June 2011 there were 449 (in thousands) employees in the transit and ground transportation sector (BLS)
Transportation Industry Employment Outlook
The employment outlook for careers in the transportation industry vary by the sector and type of career. The Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts a seven percent employment growth in the air transportation industry from 2008 to 2018, compared to 11 percent for all industries combined. However, employment growth will differ among the various occupations.
The BLS has forecasted a 11 percent employment growth in the truck transportation and warehouse industry from 2008 to 2018. A report by the American Trucking Associations named the U.S. Truck Driver Shortage Analysis and Forecast, predicts by 2014 there will be a 111,000 shortage of long-haul truck drivers if current demographics trends stay on their course and if the overall labor force continues to grow at a slower pace. The employment growth of the transportation industry is strongly connected to the health of the economy.