Transportation Job Titles and Descriptions

Jobs in Industries That Transport Passengers and Cargo

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Transportation is a broad field that includes job titles ranging from aircraft pilot to yardmaster. Transportation employment includes jobs in industries that transport passengers and cargo via plane, rail, bus, boat, transit system, and other modes of private and public transportation. Transportation jobs might also involve scenic and sightseeing transportation.

The transportation and material moving sector also includes positions that support the industry.

For example, travel and tour agencies that book transportation and logistics staff that coordinate transportation are part of the transportation industry.

Read below for an extensive list of transportation job titles. Use this list when searching for a job in transportation. You might also use this list to encourage your employer to change the title of your position to fit your responsibilities.

Most Common Transportation Job Titles

Below is a list of some of the most common (and most in-demand) job titles from the transportation industry, as well as a description of each. For more information about each job title, check out the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Truck Driver
A truck driver transports goods from one place to another. Often, they move products from a manufacturing plant to a retail or distribution center. They need to have mechanical knowledge and be able to maneuver their vehicle.

They also need to be able to complete their drive within a given amount of time. Truck drivers spend lots of time away from home, and are often alone in the truck. They have to be comfortable with the irregular schedule and the physical demands of the job.

Bus Driver
Bus drivers might work for a school system, a private client, or the public (if they drive a city bus).

They are in charge of following a given route, picking up and dropping off clients, and arriving at places at a given time. Unlike truck drivers, bus drivers regularly interact with passengers, so they need strong customer-service skills.

Material Mover
Material movers and hand laborers move materials such as freight or stock. They might retrieve or unload trucks carrying materials. They may pack or wrap products as well, or even clean transportation equipment. While there are typically no formal education requirements, material movers often receive some training, and need physical stamina and strength.

Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs
Taxi drivers and chauffeurs transport people to and from their destinations. They have to be good drivers, and know their way around the area in which they are driving. They often have to go through some form of training, but there are rarely education requirements. Taxi driver and chauffeur jobs require strong customer service skills.

Water Transportation Worker
Water transportation workers perform a variety of tasks. They operate and/or maintain vessels that transport people or cargo across bodies of water. There are many specific job titles within the broader job “water transportation worker,” including merchant mariner, captain (or master), mate (or deck officer), pilot, sailor, ship engineer, marine oiler, and more.

While there are no education requirements for entry-level oilers and sailors, upper-level positions (such as engineers and officers) typically require specific certificates.

Wages and Salary

The median annual wage for transportation and material moving occupations was $30,730 in May 2016, which is below the median for all occupations of $37,040. On the higher end of the salary range, the median annual wage for heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers was $41,340 in May 2016 and the median annual wage for airline and commercial pilots was $105,720 in May 2016.

Transportation Job Titles 

Below is an extensive list of transportation job titles, including those listed above.

A - D

  • Air Traffic Controllers
  • Aircraft Pilot
  • Airport Operations Crew Member
  • Automotive Mechanic
  • Automotive Service Technician
  • Bus Driver
  • CDL Driver
  • Cab Driver
  • Captain
  • Chauffeur
  • Conductor
  • Courier
  • Crew
  • Deck Officer
  • Deckhand
  • Delivery Drivers
  • Delivery Helper
  • Dispatcher
  • Distribution Center Manager
  • Distribution Director
  • Distribution Manager
  • Driver
  • Driver/Sales Representative
  • Driver/Sales Workers

E - L

  • Engineer
  • Equipment Director
  • Estimating Manager
  • Estimator
  • Expeditor
  • Fleet Coordinator
  • Fleet Manager
  • Flight Attendant
  • Flight Engineer
  • Flight Instructor
  • Fork Lift Operator
  • Gate Operations Staff
  • Helicopter Pilot
  • Import/Export Clerk
  • Import/Export Manager
  • Import/Export Supervisor
  • Industrial Tractor Operator
  • Inventory Control Analyst
  • Inventory Control Clerk
  • Inventory Control Manager
  • Inventory Control Supervisor
  • Locomotive Engineer
  • Logistician
  • Logistics Analyst
  • Logistics Coordinator
  • Logistics Manager
  • Logistics Specialist

M - Z

  • Maintenance Worker
  • Marine Cargo Inspector
  • Marine Oiler
  • Marine Operator
  • Materials Control Manager
  • Materials Handler
  • Materials Handling Supervisor
  • Materials Planner
  • Merchant Mariners
  • Motor Racer
  • Motorboat Operator
  • Operations Manager
  • Operations Security
  • Package Handler
  • Packaging Engineer
  • Pilot
  • Production Scheduler
  • Public Transportation Inspector
  • Rail Car Repairer
  • Rail Yard Engineer
  • Railroad Brake Operator
  • Railroad Conductor
  • Railroad Yard Worker
  • Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors
  • Repair Worker
  • Route Driver
  • Route Supervisor
  • Sailor
  • Scheduler
  • Shipping and Receiving Clerk
  • Shipping and Receiving Supervisor
  • Shuttle Car Operator
  • Streetcar Operator
  • Subway Operator
  • Taxi Driver
  • Top Distribution Executive
  • Top Inventory Control Executive
  • Traffic Clerk
  • Traffic Director
  • Traffic Manager
  • Traffic/Rate Analyst
  • Traffic Supervisor
  • Train Crew Member
  • Train Operator
  • Transportation Analyst
  • Transportation Attendant
  • Transportation Broker
  • Transportation Director
  • Transportation Inspector
  • Transportation Manager
  • Transportation Planner
  • Transportation Supervisor
  • Travel Coordinator
  • Travel Manager
  • Truck Driver
  • Truck Driver Supervisor
  • Van Driver
  • Water Transportation Operator
  • Yardmaster

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