Explore the Transportation, Distribution,
and Logistics Career Cluster
Would you like to fly planes, drive trucks, or pilot ships?
Are you organized and efficient?
Do you have good eyesight and quick reflexes?
Are you good at solving problems?
Are you good at understanding mechanics?
Would you enjoy planning roads or power systems?
Would you like working on a train or in a shipyard?
If you answered yes to two or more of these questions, you might enjoy a career
in transportation, distribution, and logistics. You might succeed in one of these
- Aircraft mechanic
- Airline pilot
- Bus driver
- Locomotive engineer
- Dredge operator
- Ship captain
- Truck driver
- Freight agent
- Shipping clerk
- Civil engineer
- Transportation inspector
Jobs in the transportation, distribution, and logistics career cluster involve
the planning, management, and movement of people, materials, and goods by road,
air, rail, and water, as well as related professional and technical support services
such as transportation infrastructure planning and management; logistics services;
and mobile equipment and facility maintenance.
Career Pathways in Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics
A career pathway is an area of concentration within a career cluster. Each
pathway contains a group of careers requiring similar academic and technical skills
as well as similar industry certifications or postsecondary education. The transportation,
distribution, and logistics career cluster has seven pathways: transportation
operations, logistics planning and management services, warehousing and distribution
center operations, sales and service, facility and mobile equipment maintenance;
risk management and health and safety management; and transportation systems/infrastructure
planning, management, and regulations.
Jobs in this pathway involve the operation and support of mobile equipment
in the movement of goods and people. Jobs include airline pilot, flight attendant,
truck driver, taxi driver, dispatcher, ship captain, rail yard operations, locomotive
engineer, airport support, and harbor support.
Logistics Planning and Management Services
Jobs in this pathway involve planning, managing, and controlling the physical
distribution of people and freight from the point of origin to the point of consumption.
Jobs include logistics manager, logistics engineer, and logistics analyst.
Warehousing and Distribution Center Operations
This pathway covers the jobs involved in packaging, loading, and tracking goods
for transportation, including warehouse manager, industrial and packaging engineer;
traffic, shipping, and receiving clerk; and material handling worker.
Sales and Service
These jobs involve marketing and selling transportation services for people
or freight. Jobs include marketing and sales manager, reservation and travel clerk,
customer service representative, customer billing clerk, and cashier.
Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance
This pathway comprises jobs maintaining, repairing, and servicing all types
of vehicles, including trucks, airplanes, cars, and other transportation equipment.
Occupations include facility maintenance manager, industrial equipment mechanic,
industrial electrician; and automotive, truck, aircraft, locomotive, or ship mechanic.
Risk Management and Health and Safety Management
Workers in this pathway assess and manage safety risks and possible environmental
hazards. Jobs include health and safety engineer, environmental manager, safety
analyst, and emergency services worker.
Transportation Systems/Infrastructure Planning, Management,
This pathway focuses on the planning and management of the public transportation
infrastructure. Jobs include urban or regional planner, government regulator,
and other jobs in federal, state, and local transportation agencies.
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representation of the transportation, distribution, and logistics career cluster.
Print and Internet Resources
These Print and Internet Resources offer references for career cluster exploration,
including trade, professional, and business associations, government departments
and agencies, labor unions, and cluster-specific career Web sites.
Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics
Print and Internet Resources
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