Transportation Managers

Transportation, Distribution & Logistics > Logistics Planning and Management Services

Projected Growth: Average

Projected Job Openings

Considerable Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to Plan, direct, or coordinate the transportation operations within an organization or the activities of organizations that provide transportation services.

Common job titles of Transportation Managers include:

Experience and Education

A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for this occupation. For example, a person in this occupation must complete four years of college and work for several years in industry to be considered qualified.

  • 40.79% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.

  • 34.21% said they needed a High School Diploma.


    Plan, organize, or manage the work of subordinate staff to ensure that the work is accomplished in a manner consistent with organizational requirements.

    Collaborate with other managers or staff members to formulate and implement policies, procedures, goals, or objectives.

    Implement schedule or policy changes for transportation services.

    Monitor operations to ensure that staff members comply with administrative policies and procedures, safety rules, union contracts, environmental policies, or government regulations.

    Monitor spending to ensure that expenses are consistent with approved budgets.

    Direct activities related to dispatching, routing, or tracking transportation vehicles, such as aircraft or railroad cars.

    Direct or coordinate the activities of operations department to obtain use of equipment, facilities, or human resources.

    Serve as contact persons for all workers within assigned territories.

    Plan or implement energy saving changes to transportation services, such as reducing routes, optimizing capacities, employing alternate modes of transportation, or minimizing idling.

    Direct staff performing repairs and maintenance to equipment, vehicles, or facilities.

    Supervise clerks assigning tariff classifications or preparing billing.

    Direct central load control centers to maximize efficiency and effectiveness of transportation services.

    Prepare management recommendations, such as proposed fee and tariff increases or schedule changes.

    Develop or implement plans to improve transportation services control from regional to national or global load control center operations.

    Provide administrative or technical assistance to those receiving transportation-related grants.

    Set operations policies and standards, including determining safety procedures for the handling of dangerous goods.

    Analyze expenditures and other financial information to develop plans, policies, or budgets for increasing profits or improving services.

    Develop criteria, application instructions, procedural manuals, or contracts for federal or state public transportation programs.

    Promote safe work activities by conducting safety audits, attending company safety meetings, or meeting with individual staff members.

    Direct investigations to verify and resolve customer or shipper complaints.

    Participate in union contract negotiations or grievance settlements.

    Negotiate, authorize, or monitor fulfillment of contracts with equipment or materials suppliers.

    Identify or select transportation and communications system technologies to reduce costs or environmental impacts.

    Evaluate transportation vehicles or auxiliary equipment for purchase by considering factors, such as fuel economy or aerodynamics.

    Direct procurement processes including equipment research and testing, vendor contracts, or requisitions approval.

    Conduct employee training sessions on subjects such as hazardous material handling, employee orientation, quality improvement, or computer use.

    Recommend or authorize capital expenditures for acquisition of new equipment or property to increase efficiency and services of operations department.

    Conduct investigations in cooperation with government agencies to determine causes of transportation accidents, coordinate cleanup activities, or improve safety procedures.


Wireless communication and satellite positioning tools

Radio frequency truck-mounted terminals

Radio frequency identification RFID devices

Radio frequency handheld terminals

Personal digital assistants PDA

Personal computers

Laptop computers

All Tools


Desktop computers

Barcoding labels

Barcode scanners


Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D

Bentley MicroStation

Enterprise resource planning ERP software

Microsoft Access

Microsoft Project

Microsoft Visio

Microsoft Word

All Technologies

Structured query language SQL

TMW PowerSuite

ABOL Manifest Systems

Airline global distribution systems GDS software

ALK Technologies FleetSuite

ALK Technologies PC*Miler

Amber Road

Argos Software ABECAS Insight Freight Management System FMS (accounting feature)

Argos Software ABECAS Insight Freight Management System FMS (calendar and scheduling feature)

Automated expense reporting system software

Bentley Transportation Data Manager

Cadre Technologies Cadence Transportation Management System

CoPilot Truck

Eaton Fleet Advisor

Fleetware software

Freight Rail Crew Optimization Scheduling FRCOS software


Graphics software

IBM i2 Transportation Manager

IBM Lotus Notes

IBM Power Systems software

IMSure Solutions SHIPflex

Infosite Technologies Dispatch-Mate

Integrated Decision Support Corporation Expert Fuel

Integrated Decision Support Corporation Netwise Supply Chain

Integrated Decision Support Corporation Route Advice

Integrated Decision Support Corporation Swap Advice

Integrated Decision Support Match Advice

Integrated Decision Support Netwise Enterprise

Integrated Decision Support Netwise Frontline

Intergraph GeoMedia Transportation Manager

Iptor Supply Chain

Labelmaster Software REG-Trieve



Scanlon Associates LogPak

Shipping Solutions

Spreadsheet software

Summary Systems Fleet Commander

Supply chain event management software

Word processing software

WorkForce Software EmpCenter Time and Attendance


Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.


Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.


Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.


Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.


Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.


Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.

Management of Personnel Resources

Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.


Teaching others how to do something.

Systems Evaluation

Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.


Using mathematics to solve problems.

Systems Analysis

Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

Learning Strategies

Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

Operations Analysis

Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.


Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension

Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Expression

Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity

Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning

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