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Transportation Managers

Also called: Fleet Manager, Train Operations Manager, Trainmaster, Transportation Manager

What they do:
Plan, direct, or coordinate the transportation operations within an organization or the activities of organizations that provide transportation services.
On the job, you would:
  • Plan, organize, or manage the work of subordinate staff to ensure that the work is accomplished in a manner consistent with organizational requirements.
  • Direct activities related to dispatching, routing, or tracking transportation vehicles, such as aircraft or railroad cars.
  • Monitor operations to ensure that staff members comply with administrative policies and procedures, safety rules, union contracts, environmental policies, or government regulations.


  • movement of people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road
  • management
  • customer service
Safety and Government
  • public safety and security
  • law and government
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics


Basic Skills
  • reading work related information
  • talking to others
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions
  • bringing people together to solve differences


  • communicate by speaking
  • communicate by writing
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem


People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Leadership
  • Cooperation
  • Self Control
  • Integrity


You might use software like this on the job:

Materials requirements planning logistics and supply chain software
  • Cadre Technologies Cadence Transportation Management System
  • IBM i2 Transportation Manager
Analytical or scientific software
  • Freight Rail Crew Optimization Scheduling FRCOS software
  • IMSure Solutions SHIPflex
Data base user interface and query software
  • Bentley Transportation Data Manager
  • Microsoft Access


Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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