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Transportation Managers

Also called: Trainmaster, Dispatcher, Train Master, 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:
  • Analyze expenditures and other financial information to develop plans, policies, or budgets for increasing profits or improving services.
  • Set operations policies and standards, including determining safety procedures for the handling of dangerous goods.
  • Plan, organize, or manage the work of subordinate staff to ensure that the work is accomplished in a manner consistent with organizational requirements.

Knowledge

Transportation
  • movement of people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Business
  • management
  • customer service
Math and Science
  • geography

Skills

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

Abilities

Verbal
  • read and understand what is written
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems

Personality

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

Technology

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
Route navigation software
  • ALK Technologies FleetSuite
  • CoPilot Truck

Education

Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$83,890
per year, on average
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