20 Best Jobs in Transportation


When most people think of jobs in transportation, the first ones that come to mind are pilots, flight attendants or truck drivers. While these jobs make up the majority of the transportation industry, there is more to the sector than meets than eye.

Transportation is broken down into two fields: air transportation, and truck transportation and warehousing. Air transportation provided 487,000 wage and salary jobs in 2006, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). While flight crews are the most visible occupations in this field, two-thirds of employees in this field work in ground occupations.

After the tragic events of Sept. 11, passenger air travel decreased dramatically, causing numerous layoffs within the industry. However, the demand for air travel is expected to continue in coming years, and the BLS predicts a seven percent increase in jobs in airline transportation.

Truck transportation and warehousing suppled 2.1 million wage and salary positions in 2006, according to the BLS. Truck drivers and driver/sales workers hold 45 percent of jobs in the sector. Other transportation and material moving jobs accounted for 25 percent of jobs, while office and administrative support occupations employed another 17 percent. On the whole, this field will grow by 15 percent through 2016, according to the BLS. Growth in the truck transportation and warehousing industry reflects ups and downs in the national economy.

Looking for a job that will keep you on the move? Here are 20 of the best-paying jobs in air, truck and warehousing transportation, according to "40 Best Fields for Your Career" by Michael Farr and Laurence Shatkin, Ph.D.

Air transportation

1. Airline pilots, co-pilots and flight engineers

Salary: $143,020

2. Aircraft body and bonded structure repairers

Salary: $54,240

3. Aircraft engine specialists

Salary: $54,240

4. Airframe-and-power-plant mechanics

Salary: $54,240

5. Flight attendants

Salary: $46,030

6. Cargo and freight agents

Salary: $ 37,570

7. Reservation and transportation ticket agents

Salary: $32,620

8. Travel clerks

Salary: $32,620

9. Baggage porters and bellhops

Salary: $31,780

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Salary: $27,770

Truck transportation and warehousing

1. Tractor-trailer truck drivers

Salary: $35,807

2. Truck drivers, heavy

Salary: $35,807

3. Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists

Salary: $34,250

4. Truck drivers, light or delivery services

Salary: $27,916

5. Industrial truck and tractor operator

Salary: $27,396

6. Shipping, receiving and traffic clerks

Salary: $26,993

7. Marking clerks

Salary: $26,120

8. Order fillers, wholesale and retail sales

Salary: $26,120

9. Stock clerks, sales floor

Salary: $26,120

10. Stock clerks, stockroom, warehouse or storage yard

Salary: $26,120<

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