Transportation, Logistics & Distribution

About The Industry

Would you like to fly planes, drive trucks, or pilot ships? Would you enjoy planning roads or power systems? This industry includes careers in planning, management, and movement of people, materials, and goods by road, pipeline, air; rail, and water as well as related professional and technical-support services, such as transportation-infrastructure planning and management, logistics services, mobile equipment, and facility maintenance. Careers in the transportation, logistics & distribution industry involve moving people and products from one place to another. Most of the occupations in this industry typically require a high school diploma or equivalent for entry. However, specific designations range from less than a high school diploma and short-term on-the-job training for occupations such as taxi drivers and chauffeurs to a bachelor’s degree, less than 5 years of work experience in a related occupation, and moderate-term on-the-job training for airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers.

We Found 70 Careers!

Transportation Managers

Industries: Transportation, Logistics & Distribution

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

Education

Bachelors Degree

Average Salary

$78,730

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Storage and Distribution Managers

Industries: Transportation, Logistics & Distribution

Plan, direct, or coordinate the storage or distribution operations within an organization or the activities of organizations that are engaged in storing or distributing materials or products.

Education

Bachelors Degree

Average Salary

$78,730

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Logistics Managers

Industries: Transportation, Logistics & Distribution

Plan, direct, or coordinate purchasing, warehousing, distribution, forecasting, customer service, or planning services. Manage logistics personnel and logistics systems and direct daily operations.

Education

Bachelors Degree

Average Salary

$78,730

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Logisticians

Industries: Transportation, Logistics & Distribution

Analyze and coordinate the logistical functions of a firm or organization. Responsible for the entire life cycle of a product, including acquisition, distribution, internal allocation, delivery, and final disposal of resources.

Education

Bachelors Degree

Average Salary

$69,510

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Logistics Engineers

Industries: Transportation, Logistics & Distribution

Design or analyze operational solutions for projects such as transportation optimization, network modeling, process and methods analysis, cost containment, capacity enhancement, routing and shipment optimization, or information management.

Education

Bachelors Degree

Average Salary

$69,510

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Logistics Analysts

Industries: Transportation, Logistics & Distribution

Analyze product delivery or supply chain processes to identify or recommend changes. May manage route activity including invoicing, electronic bills, and shipment tracing.

Education

Bachelors Degree

Average Salary

$69,510

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Statement Clerks

Industries: Transportation, Logistics & Distribution

Prepare and distribute bank statements to customers, answer inquiries, and reconcile discrepancies in records and accounts.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$35,650

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Billing, Cost, and Rate Clerks

Industries: Transportation, Logistics & Distribution

Compile data, compute fees and charges, and prepare invoices for billing purposes. Duties include computing costs and calculating rates for goods, services, and shipment of goods; posting data; and keeping other relevant records. May involve use of computer or typewriter, calculator, and adding and bookkeeping machines.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$35,650

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Cargo and Freight Agents

Industries: Transportation, Logistics & Distribution

Expedite and route movement of incoming and outgoing cargo and freight shipments in airline, train, and trucking terminals, and shipping docks. Take orders from customers and arrange pickup of freight and cargo for delivery to loading platform. Prepare and examine bills of lading to determine shipping charges and tariffs.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$43,570

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Freight Forwarders

Industries: Transportation, Logistics & Distribution

Research rates, routings, or modes of transport for shipment of products. Maintain awareness of regulations affecting the international movement of cargo. Make arrangements for additional services, such as storage or inland transportation.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$43,570

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Couriers and Messengers

Industries: Transportation, Logistics & Distribution

Pick up and deliver messages, documents, packages, and other items between offices or departments within an establishment or directly to other business concerns, traveling by foot, bicycle, motorcycle, automobile, or public conveyance.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$28,810

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Dispatchers, Except Police, Fire, and Ambulance

Industries: Transportation, Logistics & Distribution

Schedule and dispatch workers, work crews, equipment, or service vehicles for conveyance of materials, freight, or passengers, or for normal installation, service, or emergency repairs rendered outside the place of business. Duties may include using radio, telephone, or computer to transmit assignments and compiling statistics and reports on work progress.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$37,280

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Rail-Track Laying and Maintenance Equipment Operators

Industries: Transportation, Logistics & Distribution

Lay, repair, and maintain track for standard or narrow-gauge railroad equipment used in regular railroad service or in plant yards, quarries, sand and gravel pits, and mines. Includes ballast cleaning machine operators and railroad bed tamping machine operators.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$45,880

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Avionics Technicians

Industries: Transportation, Logistics & Distribution

Install, inspect, test, adjust, or repair avionics equipment, such as radar, radio, navigation, and missile control systems in aircraft or space vehicles.

Education

Post Secondary Certificate

Average Salary

$61,510

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Electrical and Electronics Installers and Repairers, Transportation Equipment

Industries: Transportation, Logistics & Distribution

Install, adjust, or maintain mobile electronics communication equipment, including sound, sonar, security, navigation, and surveillance systems on trains, watercraft, or other mobile equipment.

Education

Post Secondary Certificate

Average Salary

$50,560

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Electronic Equipment Installers and Repairers, Motor Vehicles

Industries: Transportation, Logistics & Distribution

Install, diagnose, or repair communications, sound, security, or navigation equipment in motor vehicles.

Education

Post Secondary Certificate

Average Salary

$41,640

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Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians

Industries: Transportation, Logistics & Distribution

Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul aircraft engines and assemblies, such as hydraulic and pneumatic systems. Includes helicopter and aircraft engine specialists.

Education

Post Secondary Certificate

Average Salary

$57,700

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Automotive Body and Related Repairers

Industries: Transportation, Logistics & Distribution

Repair and refinish automotive vehicle bodies and straighten vehicle frames.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$47,290

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Automotive Glass Installers and Repairers

Industries: Transportation, Logistics & Distribution

Replace or repair broken windshields and window glass in motor vehicles.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$33,670

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Automotive Master Mechanics

Industries: Transportation, Logistics & Distribution

Repair automobiles, trucks, buses, and other vehicles. Master mechanics repair virtually any part on the vehicle or specialize in the transmission system.

Education

Post Secondary Certificate

Average Salary

$39,890

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Automotive Specialty Technicians

Industries: Transportation, Logistics & Distribution

Repair only one system or component on a vehicle, such as brakes, suspension, or radiator.

Education

Post Secondary Certificate

Average Salary

$39,890

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Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists

Industries: Transportation, Logistics & Distribution

Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul buses and trucks, or maintain and repair any type of diesel engines. Includes mechanics working primarily with automobile or marine diesel engines.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$43,580

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Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines

Industries: Transportation, Logistics & Distribution

Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul mobile mechanical, hydraulic, and pneumatic equipment, such as cranes, bulldozers, graders, and conveyors, used in construction, logging, and surface mining.

Education

Post Secondary Certificate

Average Salary

$49,500

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Rail Car Repairers

Industries: Transportation, Logistics & Distribution

Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul railroad rolling stock, mine cars, or mass transit rail cars.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$50,070

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Motorboat Mechanics and Service Technicians

Industries: Transportation, Logistics & Distribution

Repair and adjust electrical and mechanical equipment of inboard or inboard-outboard boat engines.

Education

Post Secondary Certificate

Average Salary

$38,360

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Motorcycle Mechanics

Industries: Transportation, Logistics & Distribution

Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul motorcycles, scooters, mopeds, dirt bikes, or similar motorized vehicles.

Education

Post Secondary Certificate

Average Salary

$35,780

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Bicycle Repairers

Industries: Transportation, Logistics & Distribution

Repair and service bicycles.

Education

Less Than A High School Diploma

Average Salary

$28,290

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Recreational Vehicle Service Technicians

Industries: Transportation, Logistics & Distribution

Diagnose, inspect, adjust, repair, or overhaul recreational vehicles including travel trailers. May specialize in maintaining gas, electrical, hydraulic, plumbing, or chassis/towing systems as well as repairing generators, appliances, and interior components. Includes workers who perform customized van conversions.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$33,750

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Tire Repairers and Changers

Industries: Transportation, Logistics & Distribution

Repair and replace tires.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$24,820

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Signal and Track Switch Repairers

Industries: Transportation, Logistics & Distribution

Install, inspect, test, maintain, or repair electric gate crossings, signals, signal equipment, track switches, section lines, or intercommunications systems within a railroad system.

Education

Associates Degree

Average Salary

$59,000

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Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors

Industries: Transportation, Logistics & Distribution

Supervise and coordinate the activities of ground crew in the loading, unloading, securing, and staging of aircraft cargo or baggage. May determine the quantity and orientation of cargo and compute aircraft center of gravity. May accompany aircraft as member of flight crew and monitor and handle cargo in flight, and assist and brief passengers on safety and emergency procedures. Includes loadmasters.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$57,850

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First-Line Supervisors of Helpers, Laborers, and Material Movers, Hand

Industries: Transportation, Logistics & Distribution

Directly supervise and coordinate the activities of helpers, laborers, or material movers.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$48,560

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Recycling Coordinators

Industries: Transportation, Logistics & Distribution

Supervise curbside and drop-off recycling programs for municipal governments or private firms.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$48,560

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First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material-Moving Machine and Vehicle Operators

Industries: Transportation, Logistics & Distribution

Directly supervise and coordinate activities of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators and helpers.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$54,020

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Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers

Industries: Transportation, Logistics & Distribution

Pilot and navigate the flight of fixed-wing, multi-engine aircraft, usually on scheduled air carrier routes, for the transport of passengers and cargo. Requires Federal Air Transport Pilot certificate and rating for specific aircraft type used. Includes regional, National, and international airline pilots and flight instructors of airline pilots.

Education

Bachelors Degree

Average Salary

$117,160

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Commercial Pilots

Industries: Transportation, Logistics & Distribution

Pilot and navigate the flight of fixed-winged aircraft on nonscheduled air carrier routes, or helicopters. Requires Commercial Pilot certificate. Includes charter pilots with similar certification, and air ambulance and air tour pilots.

Education

Bachelors Degree

Average Salary

$75,890

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Air Traffic Controllers

Industries: Transportation, Logistics & Distribution

Control air traffic on and within vicinity of airport and movement of air traffic between altitude sectors and control centers according to established procedures and policies. Authorize, regulate, and control commercial airline flights according to government or company regulations to expedite and ensure flight safety.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$104,790

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Airfield Operations Specialists

Industries: Transportation, Logistics & Distribution

Ensure the safe takeoff and landing of commercial and military aircraft. Duties include coordination between air-traffic control and maintenance personnel; dispatching; using airfield landing and navigational aids; implementing airfield safety procedures; monitoring and maintaining flight records; and applying knowledge of weather information.

Education

Bachelors Degree

Average Salary

$67,580

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Flight Attendants

Industries: Transportation, Logistics & Distribution

Provide personal services to ensure the safety, security, and comfort of airline passengers during flight. Greet passengers, verify tickets, explain use of safety equipment, and serve food or beverages.

Education

Some College Courses

Average Salary

$63,710

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Ambulance Drivers and Attendants, Except Emergency Medical Technicians

Industries: Transportation, Logistics & Distribution

Drive ambulance or assist ambulance driver in transporting sick, injured, or convalescent persons. Assist in lifting patients.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$20,370

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Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity

Industries: Transportation, Logistics & Distribution

Drive bus or motor coach, including regular route operations, charters, and private carriage. May assist passengers with baggage. May collect fares or tickets.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$37,390

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Bus Drivers, School or Special Client

Industries: Transportation, Logistics & Distribution

Transport students or special clients, such as the elderly or persons with disabilities. Ensure adherence to safety rules. May assist passengers in boarding or exiting.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$28,690

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Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers

Industries: Transportation, Logistics & Distribution

Drive a tractor-trailer combination or a truck with a capacity of at least 26,000 pounds Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW). May be required to unload truck. Requires commercial drivers' license.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$42,310

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Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers

Industries: Transportation, Logistics & Distribution

Drive a light vehicle, such as a truck or van, with a capacity of less than 26,000 pounds Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW), primarily to deliver or pick up merchandise or to deliver packages. May load and unload vehicle.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$37,070

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Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs

Industries: Transportation, Logistics & Distribution

Drive automobiles, vans, or limousines to transport passengers. May occasionally carry cargo. Includes hearse drivers.

Education

Less Than A High School Diploma

Average Salary

$23,490

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Locomotive Engineers

Industries: Transportation, Logistics & Distribution

Drive electric, diesel-electric, steam, or gas-turbine-electric locomotives to transport passengers or freight. Interpret train orders, electronic or manual signals, and railroad rules and regulations.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$66,640

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Locomotive Firers

Industries: Transportation, Logistics & Distribution

Monitor locomotive instruments and watch for dragging equipment, obstacles on rights-of-way, and train signals during run. Watch for and relay traffic signals from yard workers to yard engineer in railroad yard.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$53,000

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Rail Yard Engineers, Dinkey Operators, and Hostlers

Industries: Transportation, Logistics & Distribution

Drive switching or other locomotive or dinkey engines within railroad yard, industrial plant, quarry, construction project, or similar location.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$44,000

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Railroad Brake, Signal, and Switch Operators

Industries: Transportation, Logistics & Distribution

Operate railroad track switches. Couple or uncouple rolling stock to make up or break up trains. Signal engineers by hand or flagging. May inspect couplings, air hoses, journal boxes, and hand brakes.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$52,000

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Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters

Industries: Transportation, Logistics & Distribution

Coordinate activities of switch-engine crew within railroad yard, industrial plant, or similar location. Conductors coordinate activities of train crew on passenger or freight trains. Yardmasters review train schedules and switching orders and coordinate activities of workers engaged in railroad traffic operations, such as the makeup or breakup of trains and yard switching.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$62,990

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Subway and Streetcar Operators

Industries: Transportation, Logistics & Distribution

Operate subway or elevated suburban trains with no separate locomotive, or electric-powered streetcar, to transport passengers. May handle fares.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$59,000

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Sailors and Marine Oilers

Industries: Transportation, Logistics & Distribution

Stand watch to look for obstructions in path of vessel, measure water depth, turn wheel on bridge, or use emergency equipment as directed by captain, mate, or pilot. Break out, rig, overhaul, and store cargo-handling gear, stationary rigging, and running gear. Perform a variety of maintenance tasks to preserve the painted surface of the ship and to maintain line and ship equipment. Must hold government-issued certification and tankerman certification when working aboard liquid-carrying vessels. Includes able seamen and ordinary seamen.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$40,000

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Ship and Boat Captains

Industries: Transportation, Logistics & Distribution

Command vessels in oceans, bays, lakes, rivers, or coastal waters.

Education

Post Secondary Certificate

Average Salary

$79,000

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Mates- Ship, Boat, and Barge

Industries: Transportation, Logistics & Distribution

Supervise or coordinate activities of crew aboard ships, boats, barges, or dredges.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$79,000

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Pilots, Ship

Industries: Transportation, Logistics & Distribution

Command ships to steer them into and out of harbors, estuaries, straits, or sounds, or on rivers, lakes, or bays. Must be licensed by U.S. Coast Guard with limitations indicating class and tonnage of vessels for which license is valid and route and waters that may be piloted.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$79,000

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Motorboat Operators

Industries: Transportation, Logistics & Distribution

Operate small motor-driven boats. May assist in navigational activities.

Education

Post Secondary Certificate

Average Salary

$41,000

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Ship Engineers

Industries: Transportation, Logistics & Distribution

Supervise and coordinate activities of crew engaged in operating and maintaining engines, boilers, deck machinery, and electrical, sanitary, and refrigeration equipment aboard ship.

Education

Post Secondary Certificate

Average Salary

$74,000

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Bridge and Lock Tenders

Industries: Transportation, Logistics & Distribution

Operate and tend bridges, canal locks, and lighthouses to permit marine passage on inland waterways, near shores, and at danger points in waterway passages. May supervise such operations. Includes drawbridge operators, lock operators, and slip bridge operators.

Education

Less Than A High School Diploma

Average Salary

$46,000

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Parking Lot Attendants

Industries: Transportation, Logistics & Distribution

Park vehicles or issue tickets for customers in a parking lot or garage. May collect fee.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$22,120

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Automotive and Watercraft Service Attendants

Industries: Transportation, Logistics & Distribution

Service automobiles, buses, trucks, boats, and other automotive or marine vehicles with fuel, lubricants, and accessories. Collect payment for services and supplies. May lubricate vehicle, change motor oil, install antifreeze, or replace lights or other accessories, such as windshield wiper blades or fan belts. May repair or replace tires.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$25,840

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Traffic Technicians

Industries: Transportation, Logistics & Distribution

Conduct field studies to determine traffic volume, speed, effectiveness of signals, adequacy of lighting, and other factors influencing traffic conditions, under direction of traffic engineer.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$50,000

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Transportation Attendants, Except Flight Attendants

Industries: Transportation, Logistics & Distribution

Provide services to ensure the safety and comfort of passengers aboard ships, buses, trains, or within the station or terminal. Perform duties such as greeting passengers, explaining the use of safety equipment, serving meals or beverages, or answering questions related to travel.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$24,320

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Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators

Industries: Transportation, Logistics & Distribution

Operate industrial trucks or tractors equipped to move materials around a warehouse, storage yard, factory, construction site, or similar location.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$33,980

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Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment

Industries: Transportation, Logistics & Distribution

Wash or otherwise clean vehicles, machinery, and other equipment. Use such materials as water, cleaning agents, brushes, cloths, and hoses.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$22,520

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Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand

Industries: Transportation, Logistics & Distribution

Manually move freight, stock, or other materials or perform other general labor. Includes all manual laborers not elsewhere classified.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$28,700

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Packers and Packagers, Hand

Industries: Transportation, Logistics & Distribution

Pack or package by hand a wide variety of products and materials.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$23,610

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Pump Operators, Except Wellhead Pumpers

Industries: Transportation, Logistics & Distribution

Tend, control, or operate power-driven, stationary, or portable pumps and manifold systems to transfer gases, oil, other liquids, slurries, or powdered materials to and from various vessels and processes.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$35,780

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Wellhead Pumpers

Industries: Transportation, Logistics & Distribution

Operate power pumps and auxiliary equipment to produce flow of oil or gas from wells in oil field.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$48,000

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Mine Shuttle Car Operators

Industries: Transportation, Logistics & Distribution

Operate diesel or electric-powered shuttle car in underground mine to transport materials from working face to mine cars or conveyor.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$54,000

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Tank Car, Truck, and Ship Loaders

Industries: Transportation, Logistics & Distribution

Load and unload chemicals and bulk solids, such as coal, sand, and grain into or from tank cars, trucks, or ships using material moving equipment. May perform a variety of other tasks relating to shipment of products. May gauge or sample shipping tanks and test them for leaks.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$38,340

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