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 www.bls.gov/emp/ep_table_207.htm.  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 – www.bls.gov/iag/tgs/iag481.htm

(2)  Rail Transportation – www.bls.gov/iag/tgs/iag482.htm

(3)  Water Transportation – www.bls.gov/iag/tgs/iag483.htm

(4)  Truck Transportation – www.bls.gov/iag/tgs/iag484.htm

(5)  Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation – www.bls.gov/iag/tgs/iag485.htm

(6)  Pipeline Transportation – www.bls.gov/iag/tgs/iag486.htm

(7)  Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation – www.bls.gov/iag/tgs/iag487.htm

(8)  Support Activities for Transportation – www.bls.gov/iag/tgs/iag488.htm

(9)  Postal Service – www.bls.gov/iag/tgs/iag491.htm

(10)  Couriers and Messengers – www.bls.gov/iag/tgs/iag492.htm

(11)  Warehousing and Storage – www.bls.gov/iag/tgs/iag493.htm

 

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:

(1)  www.bls.gov/ooh/transportation-and-material-moving/air-traffic-controllers.htm

(2)   www.bls.gov/ooh/transportation-and-material-moving/airline-and-commercial-pilots.htm

(3)   www.bls.gov/ooh/transportation-and-material-moving/bus-drivers.htm

(4)   www.bls.gov/ooh/transportation-and-material-moving/delivery-truck-drivers-and-driver-sales-workers.htm

(5)   www.bls.gov/ooh/transportation-and-material-moving/flight-attendants.htm

(6)   www.bls.gov/ooh/transportation-and-material-moving/hand-laborers-and-material-movers.htm

(7)   www.bls.gov/ooh/transportation-and-material-moving/heavy-and-tractor-trailer-truck-drivers.htm

(8)   www.bls.gov/ooh/transportation-and-material-moving/material-moving-machine-operators.htm

(9)   www.bls.gov/ooh/transportation-and-material-moving/railroad-conductors-and-yardmasters.htm

(10) www.bls.gov/ooh/transportation-and-material-moving/subway-and-streetcar-operators.htm

(11) www.bls.gov/ooh/transportation-and-material-moving/taxi-drivers-and-chauffeurs.htm

(12) www.bls.gov/ooh/transportation-and-material-moving/train-engineers-and-operators.htm

(13) www.bls.gov/ooh/transportation-and-material-moving/water-transportation-occupations.htm

 

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
www.aapa-ports.org/About/CorporateMembers.cfm

American Bus Association
www.buses.org/For-Travelers/Find-ABA-Members

American Moving and Storage Association
www.moving.org/promovers_az.asp

American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association
www.aslrra.org/our_members/Railroad_Members/

American Trucking Associations works through a federation of state associations. To search for a state association, visit:       www.truckline.com/Sites.aspx

The American Waterways Operators
www.americanwaterways.com/about_awo/carrmem.asp

Association of American Railroads
www.aar.org/aboutus/Pages/Our-Members.aspx

Coalition for America’s Gateways and Trade Corridors
www.tradecorridors.org/about

Driver Employer Council of America
www.decausa.org/de_directory.shtml

Institute of International Container Lessors
www.iicl.org/

Institute for Supply Management
www.ism.ws/

International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses
http://refrigeratedtrans.com/directory/warehouse-distribution/

International Warehouse Logistics Association
www.iwla.com/members/roster.aspx

Material Handling Industry of America
www.mhi.org/members

National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association. of America, Inc.
www.ncbfaa.org/Scripts/4Disapi.dll/4DCGI/directory/Member/index.html?MenuKey=members

National Defense Transportation Assn., corporate members:
www.ndtahq.com/membership_corp_members.htm

National Tank Truck Carriers
www.tanktruck.org/about/member-directory

Specialized Carriers and Rigging Association
http://my.scranet.org/scra/listings/

Supply Chain Council
http://supply-chain.org/membership/members

United Motorcoach Association
www.uma.org/

 

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                  
http://atwonline.com/

American Trucker                    
http://trucker.com/magazine/issue

Aviationpros.com                     
www.aviationpros.com/

Commercial Carrier Journal      
http://read.dmtmag.com/t/27141

Food Logistics                         
www.foodlogistics.com/publication/index.jsp?pubId=1

Heavy Duty Trucking                               
http://digital.heavydutytrucking.com/heavydutytrucking/201305#pg1

Inbound Logistics                    
www.inboundlogistics.com/index.php

Journal of Commerce                              
www.joc.com/

Logistics Management            
www.logisticsmgmt.com/

Marine Log                              
www.marinelog.com/

Material Handling & Logistics   
http://mhlnews.com/

Metro                                      
http://metromag.epubxp.com/i/131307

Overdrive                                
http://read.dmtmag.com/t/27142

Reverse Logistics Magazine    
www.rlmagazine.com/

Supply Chain Digest                
www.scdigest.com/

The Trucker                             
www.thetrucker.com/

About the Author

This article was written by Jay Myers