Transportation and Logistics Career Pathways

Pathway Descriptions

Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance workers are involved in the maintenance, repair, and servicing of vehicles and transportation facilities, and the refueling of mobile equipment. The people in this pathway keep the equipment and machinery running while looking for more efficient, safe, and cost-effective ways to do so.

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Health, safety, and Environmental Management workers are involved in assessing and managing risks associated with safety and environmental issues. The people employed in this pathway research, plan, and carry out activities to make our environment safer and cleaner.

Logistics Planning and Management Services workers are involved in the planning, management, and control of the physical distribution of materials, products, and people.

Sales and Services workers are involved in the marketing and selling of transportation services to new customers as well as the management of existing customer relationships and customer service.

Transportation Operations workers drive or pilot the vehicles that transport people and freight.

Transportation/Systems Infrastructure Planning, Management, and Regulation workers deal with all aspects of the design and operation of our public transportation systems – road, air, sea, and rail. These functions are primarily the responsibility of people who are employed by federal, state, and local transportation agencies.

Warehousing and Distribution Center Operations workers focus on the operation of transportation and distribution facilities including ports, terminals, warehouses, and other types of facilities. All cargo needs to be tracked, sorted, labeled, and loaded accurately and safely. Timing is also important, since many loads must adhere to a schedule in order to satisfy the needs of the customer.

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Students preparing for a career in the Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics Career Cluster have a variety of postsecondary options. Education and training can be obtained through on-the-job training, technical colleges, two-year community colleges, four-year colleges/universities, and apprenticeship programs. They can enter programs leading to a certificate or a degree at the associate, baccalaureate, or advanced degree level. The table below shows examples of postsecondary Transportation, distribution, and Logistics programs of study organized by pathway.

  High School Diploma On-the-Job Training Certificate/ License Associate's Degree Bachelor's Degree Master's/Doctoral Professional Degree
Facility & Mobile Equipment Maintenance Auto Body Repair Automotive and Diesel Technology Auto Body Repair Auto Mechanics Aviation Airframe Maintenance Industrial Maintenance Electronics Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering Technology Automotive Technology Aviation Airframe Maintenance Electronic Technology Engineering Industrial Engineering Mechanical Engineering Industrial and Management Systems Engineering Mechanical Engineering
Health, Safety, & Environmental Management     Environmental Engineering Technology Engineering Physics Environmental Engineer Environmental Science Environmental Studies Industrial Engineering Environmental Engineering Environmental Science Environmental Studies
Logistics Planning & Management Services   Business Business Administration Industrial Technology Logistics and Materials Management Business Administration Industrial Distribution Industrial Technology Management Technology Operations Management Logistics and Materials Management Engineering Management Industrial and Management Systems Engineering Operations Management
Sales and Service Cashier Customer Service Travel Agent Desktop Publishing Entrepreneurship Parts, Sales, and Management Travel Services Business Marketing Marketing Management Parts, Sales, and Management Advertising Business Marketing Advertising Business Marketing
Transportation Operations Taxi Driving Locomotive Engineering Bus Driving Truck Driving Air Traffic Control CDL Driver Training Class A, B Commercial Pilot and Flight Crew Training Vehicle and Equipment Operations Air Traffic Control Commercial Pilot and Flight Crew Training Air Traffic Control  
Transportations/ Systems Infrastructure Planning, Management, & Regulation     Civil Engineering Surveying and CAD Aviation Systems Management Civil Engineering Maritime Sciences Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering Civil Engineering Engineering Management Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering
Warehousing & Distribution Center Operations Shipping and Receiving Storage and Distribution CDL Driver Training Class A, B Forklift Training Business Logistics and Materials Management Warehouse Management Business Logistics and Materials Management Logistics and Materials Management

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