Transportation managers plan, direct and coordinate logistics related to transporting people or goods. They oversee staff responsible for dispatching, routing and tracking transportation vehicles such as trucks, trains or aircraft.
Transportation managers set operations policies and procedures, and ensure staff complies with all government and safety regulations. They address complaints, investigate shipping accidents and coordinate environmental cleanup.
Nights and weekends possible
Most transportation managers work full time in an office.
You may spend time in outdoor or warehouse environments, doing safety and maintenance inspections or investigating shipping issues.
Many managers work more than 40 hours a week. Evening and weekend hours are possible, and you may be on call for emergencies.
Transportation managers have many responsibilities, including safety concerns, which some may find stressful. You may also have to deal with noisy environments, pollution and hazardous materials.
Annual salary estimates are based on percentile wage data collected through the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey of US workers.
DVM / VMD degree
Though many jobs only require a high school diploma, most transportation managers have a bachelor's degree, typically in operations management. Advanced transportation manager positions may prefer candidates to have an MS in supply chain management or an MBA.
Community colleges, associations, vocational and online schools also offer training and certification programmes. One of the most popular is the Certification in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution (CLTD) through the Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM).
Transportation managers typically begin in other roles in logistics and transportation, such as logistics clerk or dispatcher. A combination of experience, continuing education and certification can help you progress to a management role.
Gaining knowledge and experience in a specific industry can help if you transition from transportation manager to another role within. Related jobs include management positions in logistics, purchasing and supply chain.