Careers in Trucking & Logistics


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Delivery Truck Driver

Delivery truck drivers pick up, transport, and drop off packages and small shipments within a local region or urban area. They drive trucks with a gross vehicle weight (GVW)—the combined weight of the vehicle, passengers, and cargo—of 26,000 pounds or less. Delivery truck drivers typically transport merchandise from a distribution center to businesses and households.

(avg salary: $27,530/yr)

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Hand Laborer and Material Mover

Hand laborers and material movers transport objects without using machines. Some workers move freight, stock, or other materials around in storage facilities; others clean vehicles; some pick up unwanted household goods; and others pack materials for moving.

(avg salary: $22,970/yr)

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Purchasing Manager

Purchasing managers, buyers, and purchasing agents buy products for organizations to use or resell. They evaluate suppliers, negotiate contracts, and review product quality.

(avg salary: $60,550/yr)

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Operations Research Analyst

Operations research analysts use advanced mathematical and analytical methods to help organizations investigate complex issues, identify and solve problems, and make better decisions.

(avg salary: $72,100/yr)

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Logistician

Logisticians analyze and coordinate an organization’s supply chain—the system that moves a product from supplier to consumer. They manage the entire life cycle of a product, including how a product is acquired, distributed, allocated, and delivered.

(avg salary: $72,780/yr)

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Specialty Long Haul Driver

Long haul drivers transport goods from one location to another over great distances. Some of the best paid drivers haul specialty cargo, use special equipment, or drive under adverse conditions, such as hauling liquids and oversized loads; driving specialty car haulers, dump trucks, and mining equipment; and driving long distances on the interstate or on ice roads.

(avg salary: $39,520/yr)

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Human Resources Specialist

Human resources specialists perform activities in the human resource area and includes employment specialists who screen, recruit, interview, and place workers. Recruiters are important to the trucking industry because there is always demand for great drivers, and a person who can recruit good drivers is an important asset to the company. The work can be done for a specific company or on contract.

(avg salary: $58,850/yr)

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Driving Instructor

Driving instructors are a type of vocational education teacher. Driving instructors prepare individuals to operate transportation equipment including semi-trailer trucks, tanker trucks, and dump trucks. Teaching may take place in public or private schools, or at a business that trains drivers for its own workforce.

(avg salary: $50,580/yr)

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Dispatcher

Dispatchers schedule and dispatch workers, equipment, or service vehicles for conveyance of materials and freight. Duties may include using the radio, telephone, or computer to transmit assignments and compiling statistics and reports on work progress.

(avg salary: $41,640/yr)