CareerBuilder | June 1, 2020
According to data analysis by CareerBuilder, transportation job growth outpaced the national average in the years following the 2008 economic downturn. From 2010 to 2019, employment in transportation, including workers who consider themselves self-employed, grew 6.6% — two percentage points above nationwide job growth over this timeframe (4.1%).
This industry will continue to grow as the economy strengthens and other industries regain confidence. Due to its integral role in supply chains of industrial and consumer sectors, the transportation industry reaps the benefits of outside industry growth as transportation workers will be needed to bring goods to consumers.
Narrowing the focus, in June 2020, employment in transportation and warehousing rose by 99,000. Truck drivers, by far the largest occupation in the U.S. transportation industry (+8,000) and support activities for transportation (+7,000) added jobs, while air transportation (-4,000) lost jobs. Over the past 3 months, air transportation has lost 133,000 jobs, and employment is at its lowest level in the history of the series, which begins in 1990.
Transportation, such as trucking, logistics and warehousing, is a sector of career opportunities with a range of salary options. Additionally, the transportation industry is extremely accessible to newcomers. Most roles require a high school diploma or equivalent, and special licensing or certifications for some occupations offer advancement and increased salary.
Top transportation jobs and salaries
The following table features the projected 10 fastest growing transportation jobs within the industry and national salary expectations. Warehouse jobs — with hundreds of job-types and skills needed — is the most in need of workers.
|Occupation||Avg. Annual Salary||Range - all levels||High School Ed.||Avg. Hourly Wages|
$40,000 – $165,500
|$30,000 and $130,000|
|$40,000 and $175,000|
|$40,000 and $100,000|
|$35,000 and $130,000|
|$36,000 and $145,000|
|$32,500 and $145,000|
|$32,000 and $120,000|
|$30,000 and $120,000|
|$30,500 and $141,000|
As seen in this table, a variety of roles, responsibilities and salaries can be found in transportation, all of which are necessary to the daily lives of people in the U.S., and around the world. From logisticians who are responsible for “big picture" organization to delivery and courier workers, joining the transportation industry is a major contribution to moving the world forward post-coronavirus.
Additional transportation jobs to consider: