The Transportation, Distribution and Logistics cluster is about planning, management and movement of people, materials and goods by road, pipeline, air, rail and water and related support services dealing with infrastructure, logistics, equipment, and facilities. Highly skilled automotive mechanics should have an easy time finding a job since people are driving their cars longer than they used to. The need for truck drivers will increase as the demand for goods increases.
Employment Projections: 2010-2020
The Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics career cluster is expected to see about average growth between 2010 and 2020. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated that total employment in this cluster was 11.2 million in 2010 and projects that it will grow to almost 13 million in 2020. Overall, the cluster is expected to have over 4.4 million job openings, almost 1.7 million of which will come from newly created jobs.
The report Employment Projects for Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics Career Cluster, 2010-2020 includes data on occupations growing faster that the nation average, pathways employment overview, occupations with the most job openings, and employment projections.
What They Make…Occupations in this cluster and what they make in Virginia
Employed in VA
Typical entry-level Education
|Aircraft service technicians||1,810||$35K–$77K||Postsecondary
|Airline Pilots||2,790||$67K–$187K+||Bachelor’s degree|
|Automotive body and related repairers||3,750||$23K–$65K||High school diploma|
|Automotive service technicians||19,250||$21K–$60K||High school diploma|
|Bus drivers, school||17,940||$18K–$44K||High school diploma|
|Bus drivers, transit and intercity||3,650||$21K–$59K||High school diploma|
|Dispatchers, except emergency||4,060||$21K–$60K||High school diploma|
|Driver/sales workers||12,500||$17K–$46K||High school diploma|
|Industrial truck and tractor operators||11,320||$20K–$46K||Less than high school|
|Mobile heavy equipment mechanics||2,920||$31K–$66K||High school diploma|
|Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks||14,380||$19K–$45K||High school diploma|
|Taxi drivers and chauffeurs||4,290||$17K–$37K||Less than high school|
|Transportation and distribution managers||2,210||$48K–$139K||High school diploma|
|Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer||36,240||$25K–$59K||High school diploma|
|Truck drivers, light or delivery services||17,630||$18K–$63K||High school diploma|
|Truck mechanics and diesel specialists||6,590||$27K–$63K||High school diploma|