Transportation, Distribution & Logistics Cluster

Jobs in the transportation, distribution, and logistics career cluster involve the planning, management, and movement of people, materials, and goods by road, air, rail, and water, as well as related professional and technical support services such as transportation infrastructure planning and management; logistics services; and mobile equipment and facility maintenance.

Explore the Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics Career Cluster

  • Would you like to fly planes, drive trucks, or pilot ships?
    Are you organized and efficient?
    Do you have good eyesight and quick reflexes?
    Are you good at solving problems?
    Are you good at understanding mechanics?
    Would you enjoy planning roads or power systems?
    Would you like working on a train or in a shipyard?

If you answered yes to two or more of these questions, you might enjoy a career in transportation, distribution, and logistics. You might succeed in one of these careers:

  • Aircraft mechanic
  • Airline pilot
  • Bus driver
  • Locomotive engineer
  • Dredge operator
  • Ship captain
  • Truck driver
  • Freight agent
  • Shipping clerk
  • Civil engineer
  • Transportation inspector

Career Pathways in Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics

Transportation Operations – Jobs in this pathway involve the operation and support of mobile equipment in the movement of goods and people. Jobs include airline pilot, flight attendant, truck driver, taxi driver, dispatcher, ship captain, rail yard operations, locomotive engineer, airport support, and harbor support.

Logistics Planning and Management Services – Jobs in this pathway involve planning, managing, and controlling the physical distribution of people and freight from the point of origin to the point of consumption. Jobs include logistics manager, logistics engineer, and logistics analyst.

Warehousing and Distribution Center Operations – This pathway covers the jobs involved in packaging, loading, and tracking goods for transportation, including warehouse manager, industrial and packaging engineer; traffic, shipping, and receiving clerk; and material handling worker.

Sales and Service – These jobs involve marketing and selling transportation services for people or freight. Jobs include marketing and sales manager, reservation and travel clerk, customer service representative, customer billing clerk, and cashier.

Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance – This pathway comprises jobs maintaining, repairing, and servicing all types of vehicles, including trucks, airplanes, cars, and other transportation equipment. Occupations include facility maintenance manager, industrial equipment mechanic, industrial electrician; and automotive, truck, aircraft, locomotive, or ship mechanic.

Risk Management and Health and Safety Management – Workers in this pathway assess and manage safety risks and possible environmental hazards. Jobs include health and safety engineer, environmental manager, safety analyst, and emergency services worker.

Transportation Systems/Infrastructure Planning, Management, and Regulations – This pathway focuses on the planning and management of the public transportation infrastructure. Jobs include urban or regional planner, government regulator, and other jobs in federal, state, and local transportation agencies.