Imagine a world without transportation managers...

Organizations rely on transportation managers to take charge of their transportation-related operations so that goods can get into the hands of consumers.

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But how do you know if you'll love being a transportation manager? What exactly does the job demand?

How does a transportation manager contribute?

Large industrial companies depend on transportation managers to make sure goods reach their destination. A transportation manager:

  • Plans and coordinates daily shipments

  • Ensures all operations run smoothly from production to the end-user

  • Recommends cost-effective ways to ship goods

  • Checks and reports on transportation costs

  • Conducts equipment safety audits on a regular basis

  • Keeps on top of the latest safety regulations

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What experience do I need to become transportation manager?

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Follow this career path to become a transportation manager:

  1. Earn a Bachelor's degree in Business or a related field.

  2. Apply for a transportation management internship in the field to gain on-the-job skills.

  3. Begin your career as an entry-level transportation manager for at least 2 years before you consider more senior positions.

  4. After a few years in a senior position, you can be promoted to a lead transportation manager role.

What is a typical day like?

  • Plan, organize, and manage subordinate staff's work according to organizational expectations

  • Coordinate transportation-related activities, such as dispatching, routing, and tracking

  • Check that employees comply with policies, procedures, safety, environmental, or government regulations

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What skills do transportation managers need?

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  • Leadership

  • Fuel management

  • Organization

  • Flexibility

  • Detail-oriented

  • Customer service

  • Critical thinking

  • Truck maintenance

  • Problem-solving

  • Communication

  • Inventory control

  • Load planning

Where do transportation managers work?

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Transportation managers are found everywhere transportation-related operations are available:

  • Manufacturing industries

  • Freight companies

  • Warehouses

How much do transportation managers make?


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$73,163 per year


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$100,379 per year

You will love it if you...

  • Enjoy performing transportation tasks like dispatching, routing, and tracking.

  • Are a creative problem solver.

  • Like adheringto policies, procedures, and safety rules.

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Look for another career path if you...

  • Can't make quick decisions.

  • Have trouble adhering to timelines.

  • Are shy talking to others.

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Pick the future transportation managers

The following commerce students all have part-time jobs in customer service. They're all considering a career path in transportation management.

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Liam: staff coordinator at a trucking company

  • Has excellent communication skills

  • Completes tasks in a timely fashion

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Sharon: sales assistant at a hardware store

  • Resolves customer complaints

  • Attends company's safety meetings

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Kiara: assistant manager at a supermarket

  • Trains new staff

  • Negotiates and secures contracts with the store's food suppliers


Who would make a good transportation manager?

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