Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers transport goods from one location to another. These drivers deliver goods over intercity routes, sometimes spanning several states. Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers usually have a high school diploma and attend a professional truck-driving school for 3-10 weeks depending on the program. They must also have a commercial driver’s license (CDL).
(avg salary: $38,200/yr)
Logisticians analyze and coordinate an organization’s supply chain—the system that moves a product from supplier to consumer. Logisticians work in nearly every industry. They manage the entire life cycle of a product, which includes how a product is acquired, distributed, allocated, and delivered. Although an associate’s degree may be sufficient for some logistician jobs, a bachelor’s degree is typically required for most positions.
(avg salary: $72,780/yr)
Industrial engineers find ways to eliminate wastefulness in production processes. They devise efficient ways to use workers, machines, materials, information, and energy to make a product or provide a service. Industrial engineers need a bachelor's degree, typically in industrial engineering. However, many industrial engineers have degrees in mechanical engineering, manufacturing engineering, industrial engineering technology, or general engineering.
(avg salary: $78,860/yr)
Operations research analysts use advanced mathematical and analytical methods to help organizations investigate complex issues, identify and solve problems, and make better decisions. Although some employers prefer to hire applicants with a master’s degree, many entry-level positions are available for those with a bachelor’s degree. Although some schools offer bachelor’s and advanced degree programs in operations research, many analysts typically have degrees in other technical or quantitative fields, such as engineering, computer science, mathematics, or physics.
(avg salary: $72,100/yr)
Industrial engineering technicians help industrial engineers implement designs to effectively use personnel, materials, and machines in factories, stores, healthcare organizations, repair shops, and offices. They prepare machinery and equipment layouts, plan workflows, conduct statistical production studies, and analyze production costs. Industrial engineering technicians typically need an associate’s degree or a postsecondary certificate. Associate’s degree programs are typically offered by community colleges or technical institutes, and certificate programs are offered at vocational and technical schools.
(avg salary: $50,980/yr)
Diesel service technicians and mechanics inspect, repair, or overhaul buses, trucks, and anything else with a diesel engine. Many diesel service technicians and mechanics learn informally on the job, but employers increasingly prefer applicants who have completed postsecondary training programs in diesel engine repair. Though not required, industry certification can be important for diesel mechanics.
(avg salary: $42,320/yr)