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Transportation Managers

Plan, direct, or coordinate the transportation operations within an organization or the activities of organizations that provide transportation services.   (O'Net 11-3071.01)

Reported job titles:   Aerial Planting and Cultivation Manager, Airline Dispatcher, Airline Manager, Airline Managerial Supervisor, Airport Manager, Auto Fleet Manager, Automotive Services Manager, Aviation Manager, Boat Dispatcher, Bridges Supervisor, Bus System Operator, Bus Transportation Manager, Canal Superintendent, Car Inspection and Repair Manager, Cargo and Ramp Services Manager, Chief Pilot, Chief Wharfinger, Communications and Signals Supervisor, Director of Operations, Dispatch Manager, Division Road Supervisor, Division Roadmaster, Dock Superintendent, Dockmaster, Electric Shipyard Operator, Fleet Manager, Flight Control Manager, Flight Operations Manager, Flight Reservations Manager, Flight Superintendent, Freight Coordinator, Freight Traffic Consultant, General Agent, General Car Yard Supervisor, General Claims Agent, General Freight Agent, General Operations Agent, General Road Foreman, General Road Supervisor, Global Transportation Manager, Harbor Department Manager, Head of Transport Logistics, International Trade Specialist, Marine Oil Terminal Superintendent, Marine Superintendent, Passenger Service Manager, Port Traffic Manager, Railroad Car Inspection and Repair Regional Superintendent, Schedule Planning Manager, Station Manager, Station Master, Station Supervisor, Stations Superintendent, Terminal Manager, Terminal Operations Supervisor, Terminal Superintendent, Traffic Director, Traffic Manager, Traffic Safety Administrator, Traffic Superintendent, Traffic Supervisor, Train Master, Train Operations Manager, Train Operations Supervisor, Train System Operator, Trainmaster, Transportation Assistant, Transportation Broker, Transportation Consultant, Transportation Director, Transportation Maintenance Supervisor, Transportation Manager, Transportation Specialist, Transportation Superintendent, Transportation Supervisor, Truck Terminal Manager, Trucking Contractor, Wharfinger, Wharfmaster
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     Location Pay
    Percentile Wages Average
    10% 25% 50%
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 28.71   $ 33.25   $ 38.86   $ 53.98   $ 69.91   $ 44.34  
    Yearly $59,710   $69,150   $80,830   $112,270   $145,410   $92,230  
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 30.14   $ 34.39   $ 40.94   $ 56.48   $ 68.74   $ 45.21  
    Yearly $62,700   $71,520   $85,150   $117,480   $142,970   $94,040  
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 26.50   $ 32.06   $ 36.99   $ 50.23   $ 75.53   $ 43.96  
    Yearly $55,110   $66,690   $76,950   $104,490   $157,100   $91,440  
     Northern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 23.70   $ 35.46   $ 43.61   $ 51.78   $ 63.28   $ 44.00  
    Yearly $49,300   $73,750   $90,710   $107,710   $131,620   $91,530  
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2018.

    Employment Trends
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    Annual job openings
    (due to change and
    2016 2026
    Vermont 130 141 0.8% 11
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released July 2018.

    Industries of Employment
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    Industry Percent of Total
    Truck transportation 9.3%
    Warehousing and storage 8.8%
    Management of companies and enterprises 8.1%
    Merchant wholesalers, nondurable goods 7.6%
    Federal government, all industries 7.0%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2018.

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  • 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.
  • Negotiate and authorize contracts with equipment and materials suppliers, and monitor contract fulfillment.
  • Collaborate with other managers or staff members to formulate and implement policies, procedures, goals, or objectives.
  • Monitor spending to ensure that expenses are consistent with approved budgets.
  • Supervise workers assigning tariff classifications and preparing billing.
  • Promote safe work activities by conducting safety audits, attending company safety meetings, or meeting with individual staff members.
  • Direct investigations to verify and resolve customer or shipper complaints.
  • Direct procurement processes including equipment research and testing, vendor contracts, or requisitions approval.
    source: Occupational Information Network: Transportation Managers  updated June 2009

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  • Transportation - Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Geography - Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
    source: Occupational Information Network: Transportation Managers  updated June 2009

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  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
    source: Occupational Information Network: Transportation Managers  updated June 2010

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  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
    source: Occupational Information Network: Transportation Managers  updated June 2009

    Work Activities
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  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems - Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships - Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
  • Interacting With Computers - Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Monitoring and Controlling Resources - Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
  • Developing and Building Teams - Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards - Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization - Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work - Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
    source: Occupational Information Network: Transportation Managers  updated June 2009

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  • Enterprising - Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
  • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
    source: Occupational Information Network: Transportation Managers  updated June 2008

    Work Styles
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  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
    source: Occupational Information Network: Transportation Managers  updated June 2009

    State of Vermont License Information
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    No state licenses listed for this occupation.

    Education and Training Requirements
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  • Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed
  • Education: Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
  • Training: Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
  • Experience: A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.
    source: Occupational Information Network: Transportation Managers  updated June 2009

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    • Aeronautics/Aviation/Aerospace Science and Technology, General.
    • Aviation/Airway Management and Operations.
    • Business Administration and Management, General.
    • Business/Commerce, General.
    • Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management.
    • Public Administration.
    • Transportation/Mobility Management.
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    source: National Center for Education Statistics 2000 Classification of Instructional Programs .

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