Transportation Manager  What They Do

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Transportation Managers Career Video



Plans, directs and coordinates the transportation operations within an organization, or the activities of organizations that provide transportation services.

This career is part of the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics cluster Logistics Planning and Management Services pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Plans, organizes, or manages the work of subordinate staff to ensure that the work is accomplished in a manner consistent with organizational requirements.
  • Directs activities related to dispatching, routing, or tracking transportation vehicles, such as aircraft or railroad cars.
  • Monitors operations to ensure that staff members comply with administrative policies and procedures, safety rules, union contracts, environmental policies, or government regulations.
  • Serves as contact persons for all workers within assigned territories.
  • Implements schedule or policy changes for transportation services.
  • Monitors spending to ensure that expenses are consistent with approved budgets.
  • Promotes safe work activities by conducting safety audits, attending company safety meetings, or meeting with individual staff members.
  • Prepares management recommendations, such as proposed fee and tariff increases or schedule changes.
  • Directs investigations to verify and resolve customer or shipper complaints.
  • Directs or coordinates the activities of operations department to obtain use of equipment, facilities, or human resources.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Director of Operations -- Involved in planning, directing and coordinating activities regarding everything from people to policies, to keep organizations on track to reach their objectives.
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  • Freight Coordinator --
  • Global Transportation Manager --
  • Traffic Manager --
  • Train Operations Manager --
  • Trainmaster --
  • Transportation Director --
  • Transportation Supervisor --