Projected Growth: Average
Projected Job Openings
Considerable Preparation Needed
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
Laptop computersAll Tools
Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D
Enterprise resource planning ERP software
Microsoft WordAll Technologies
Structured query language SQL
ABOL Manifest Systems
Airline global distribution systems GDS software
ALK Technologies FleetSuite
ALK Technologies PC*Miler
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
Eaton Fleet Advisor
Freight Rail Crew Optimization Scheduling FRCOS 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
Summary Systems Fleet Commander
Supply chain event management software
Word processing software
WorkForce Software EmpCenter Time and Attendance
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
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.
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.
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.
Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Teaching others how to do something.
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.
Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
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