Your Research Guide to a Career in Transportation or Logistics

By Rick Jones, vice president of sales at RecruitMilitary and a former master gunnery sergeant in the United States Marine Corps

I encourage job seekers to use this guide to learn about the transportation and logistics segments of the economy and job opportunities in those segments.


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 2012 through 2022.


The Transportation and Warehousing 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, has 11 chapters on transportation and material moving occupations: air traffic controllers, airline and commercial pilots, bus drivers, delivery truck drivers and driver/sales workers, flight attendants, hand laborers and material movers, heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers, material moving machine operators, railroad occupations, taxi drivers and chauffeurs, and water transportation occupations. Each chapter covers the nature of the work, work environment, how to qualify for the occupation, pay, job outlook, and similar occupations. Links to the chapters.


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. Search for a state association

The American Waterways Operators

Association of American Railroads

Coalition for America’s Gateways and Trade Corridors

Driver Employer Council of America

Global Cold Chain Alliance

Institute of International Container Lessors

International Warehouse Logistics Association

Material Handling Industry of America

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

National Defense Transportation Association, corporate members

National Tank Truck Carriers

United Motorcoach Association, operator members in the United States


To learn about the issues, the major players, and the general buzz in transportation and logistics, I suggest that you read magazines and view media websites on the subject. Most of the magazines are available both in print and online. In the listings below, the name of the publisher follows the name of the magazine or site.

Air Transport World Penton

American Trucker Penton

Automotive Fleet Bobit Business Media

Aviation Week Penton Cygnus Business Media

Bulk Transporter Penton

Business Fleet Bobit Business Media

Commercial Carrier Journal Randall-Reilly Publishing Co. LLC

Fleet Owner Penton

Food Logistics AC Business Media Inc.

Heavy Duty Trucking Bobit Business Media

Inbound Logistics Thomas Publishing Company

Logistics Management Peerless Media LLC, Div. EH Publishing

Marine Log Simmons-Boardman Publishing Inc.

Mass Transit Cygnus Business Media

Material Handling & Logistics Penton

Metro Bobit Business Media

Modern Materials Handling Peerless Media LLC, Div. EH Publishing

Overdrive Randall-Reilly Publishing Co. LLC

Progressive Railroading Trade Press Media Group, Inc.

Railway Age Simmons-Boardman Publishing Inc.

Reverse Logistics Magazine Reverse Logistics Association

School Bus Fleet Bobit Business Media

School Transportation News STN Media

Supply & Demand Chain Executive AC Business Media Inc.

Supply Chain Digest Supply Chain Digest

The Trucker Target Media Partners

Transport Topics American Trucking Associations, Inc.

Work Truck Bobit Business Media

By Rick Jones