Industry Research Guide – Transportation and Logistics

By Mike Francomb  |  senior vice president of marketing at RecruitMilitary and a former captain in the United States Army  | 

Published in the July/August 2013 issue of print Search & Employ®  |

RecruitMilitary encourages job seekers to use this guide to learn about the transportation and logistics sectors of the economy and job opportunities in those sectors. 

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), a part of the United States Department of Labor, has published projections on employment and output for the Transportation and Warehousing sector of the economy for the years from 2010 through 2020; visit  That sector includes 11 subsectors: and, on an “Industries at a Glance” page for each subsector, the BLS describes the nature of the subsector; provides  workforce statistics – employment and layoffs, extended mass layoffs, employment by occupation, projections, earnings, and earnings by occupation – presents data on work-related fatalities, injuries, and illnesses; provides industry-specific pricing information; and discusses workplace trends in terms of numbers of establishments and productivity. The subsectors and the URL’s of their pages are:

(1)  Air Transportation –

(2)  Rail Transportation –

(3)  Water Transportation –

(4)  Truck Transportation –

(5)  Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation –

(6)  Pipeline Transportation –

(7)  Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation –

(8)  Support Activities for Transportation –

(9)  Postal Service –

(10)  Couriers and Messengers –

(11)  Warehousing and Storage –


Another BLS publication, the Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-2013 Edition, has 13 chapters on Transportation and Material Moving Occupations. Each chapter covers the nature of the work; work environment; how to qualify for the occupation; pay; job outlook; and similar occupations. The URL’s of their pages are:















Industry associations are an excellent source of jobs information. Most of the websites listed below have linked lists of their corporate members, and most of the members’ websites have “jobs” or “careers” pages. Many of those pages list job openings.

American Association of Port Authorities

American Bus Association

American Moving and Storage Association

American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association

American Trucking Associations works through a federation of state associations. To search for a state association, visit:

The American Waterways Operators

Association of American Railroads

Coalition for America’s Gateways and Trade Corridors

Driver Employer Council of America

Institute of International Container Lessors

Institute for Supply Management

International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses

International Warehouse Logistics Association

Material Handling Industry of America

National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association. of America, Inc.

National Defense Transportation Assn., corporate members:

National Tank Truck Carriers

Specialized Carriers and Rigging Association

Supply Chain Council

United Motorcoach Association


To learn about the issues, the major players, and the general buzz in transportation and logistics, I suggest that you read magazines on the subjects. Most such publications are available both in print and online, and have their own websites.

Air Transport World         

American Trucker                       

Commercial Carrier Journal

Food Logistics                

Heavy Duty Trucking                      

Inbound Logistics           

Journal of Commerce                     

Logistics Management   

Marine Log                     

Material Handling & Logistics



Reverse Logistics Magazine

Supply Chain Digest       

The Trucker                    

About the Author

This article was written by Jay Myers