One of 16 industry clusters that the U.S. Department of Labor tracks, Transportation & Logistics is about moving people and things or scheduling their arrivals and departures. It covers truck drivers, train engineers, dispatchers, bus drivers, airline pilots, ship captains and many other jobs in the industries that help move people or products. Although some companies are in transportation as a core business, many others have transportation or logistics departments to ensure that products are delivered in the most efficient and timely way. Learn more about the U.S. Department of Labor’s industry clusters and their economic outlook.
Adults using these resources to help students explore careers may also find it helpful to use the Career Journeys Supplemental Materials we’ve prepared for teachers and counselors.
Making sure traffic flows smoothly
Taking a high school CAD (Computer-Aided Design) course shifted Paul Manyisha’s career interest from journalism to civil engineering. As a Tunnel Manager for PennDot, he’s now charged with making sure traffic runs smoothly through tunnels on our region’s roadways, troubleshooting everything from traffic emergencies to maintenance problems.
Applying technology to improve efficiency in delivery
Now Manager of FedEx Ground’s Ground Portfolio Execution Office, Linda Sirianni uses her auditing background to help her company prioritize technology projects designed to improve efficiency.
Skills needed to pilot a plane translate well into business
Trained as a pilot in the Airforce, David Lynch blended a love of flying and a business degree to land a job with Phillips 66, where he flew a plane and sold fuel to the aviation industry before climbing higher on the corporate ladder.
People have back stories, they aren’t machines
Having done many of the jobs of people working under him before becoming Distributions Manager for Giant Eagle, John Borsch said one of his most important skills is that he “knows the challenges they face.”
Talent seeker – working for the best fit
As a Talent Acquisition Supervisor with UPS, Josh Heinbaugh finds and hires candidates for the parcel delivery company’s hourly jobs. Having switched his own course in college from engineering to business, he feels he’s good at the work because he identifies with people who are trying to find the right career fit.
Transportation safety for kindergartners to teens and adults
As a Safety Press Officer for PennDot, Yasmeen Manyisha doesn’t just talk to the media, she also takes information about safety into the community, whether by teaching kindergartners how to be safe crossing the street or talking with teens about driving safely.
Much about transportation engineering is about technology
Anthony Castellone didn’t take a straight path to become a Transportation Division Manager for Pennoni. But his current role brings together what he’s learned from previous career steps.