The Transportation, Distribution and Logistics cluster is about planning, management and movement of people, materials and goods by road, pipeline, air, rail and water and related support services dealing with infrastructure, logistics, equipment, and facilities. Highly skilled automotive mechanics should have an easy time finding a job since people are driving their cars longer than they used to. The need for truck drivers will increase as the demand for goods increases. Formal postsecondary automotive training may help some candidates find jobs as automotive technicians and service professionals.
Employment Projections: 2012-2022
The Transportation, Distribution & Logistics Cluster, which employed nearly 300,000 Virginians in 2012, is expected to employ nearly 27,000 more Virginia workers in 2022, for a total of about 327,000. This represents 9 percent growth over the decade, slightly above the anticipated national average growth of 8 percent among all occupations in this cluster, a figure based on Trailblazers analysis of information from Bureau of Labor Statistics.
For more information on occupations in the Transportation, Distribution & Logistics Cluster, visit Trailblazers – Career and Technical Education in Virginia(PDF).
What They Make...
2013 Median Wage
2022 Projected Employment
Predominant Level of Education
Employed in Virginia
|Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers||$36,570||43,398||High School diploma & work experience||39,719|
|Automotive Service Technicians||$39,540||25,170||High School diploma & training; Certification||22,653|
|Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers||$29,830||20,202||High School diploma||19,386|
|Bus Drivers, School or Special Client||$26,170||18,121||High School diploma & training; Certification||17,262|
|Billing and Posting Clerks||$35,120||15,553||Some college; Associate degree||12,835|
|Logisticians||$80,350||8,543||Bachelor's degree or more & work experience||6,675|
|Diesel Engine Specialists||$41,130||7,952||High School diploma & training; Certification||7,238|
|Supervisors of Transportation Operators||$55,560||6,149||High School diploma & work experience||5,624|
|Dispatchers||$34,520||4,650||Some college; Associate degree & training; Certification||4,185|
|Bus Drivers||$34,780||4,205||High School diploma & training; Certification||3,638|
|Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics||$44,900||3,541||High School diploma & training; Certification||3,212|
|Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers||$102,800||2,841||Bachelor's degree or more & training; Certification & work experience||2,808|
|Transportation and Distribution Managers||$92,880||2,438||High School diploma & work experience||2,338|
|Tire Repairers and Changers||$26,120||2,273||High School diploma & training; Certification||2,022|
|Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels||$67,830||2,098||High School diploma||1,880|
|Cargo and Freight Agents||$32,020||1,943||Some college; Associate degree||1,785|
|Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians||$53,640||1,879||Some college; Associate degree||1,844|
|Couriers and Messengers||$27,810||1,742||High School diploma||1,984|
|Ship Engineers||$57,130||1,718||Some college; Associate degree||1,539|
|Air Traffic Controllers||$140,290||1,325||Some college; Associate degree & training; Certification||1,240|
Wage data: United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates: Virginia.
Employment projections data: Virginia Employment Commission, Virginia Occupational Employment Projections 2012-2022.
Predominant education level: Trailblazers through the Demographics and Workforce Section of the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia.
Career Cluster Planning
A resource for counselors, administrators, and educators
CTE Administrative Planning Guide (APG) – includes information to help local school divisions plan and schedule instructional programs. The APG is organized by career clusters, with a complete listing of courses, concentration sequences, and credentials available to students as they plan for career entry and continuing education. Users may access course information by cluster or by searching for specific courses or certifications.
Career Planning Guide – includes an easy way for students and counselors to look for courses to further career goals. One can search for occupations, browse by Career Clusters or favorite academic subjects.
Information and tips for instructional leaders, administrators, counselors and teachers/faculty for creating a career pathway academic and career plan of study.
- Transportation, Distribution & Logistics Cluster Information
- Checklist for Developing Career Clusters Plans of Study (Word)
Sample Academic and Career Plans of Study
School divisions are asked to develop sample plans of study based on the courses offered within their schools, the employment needs of the region, and the post-high school educational opportunities needed for these careers. Once these sample plans are developed, they can be customized to the needs of individual students so that all students have the opportunity to have an individualized academic and career plan of study.
Sample Pathway Plans of Study for Transportation, Distribution & Logistics:
- Facility & Mobile Equipment Maintenance (Word)
- Health, Safety & Environmental Management (Word)
- Logistics Planning and Management Services (Word)
- Sales & Service (Word)
- Transportation Operations (Word)
- Transportation Systems / Infrastructure Planning, Management & Regulation (Word)
- Warehousing & Distribution Center Operations (Word)
- Blank Plan of Study (with fields) (Word)
Also see Sample Plans of Study for all clusters and pathways.
Report: Education, Employment and Earnings: Analyzing Data from Transportation, Distribution & Logistics
Cluster Analysis Document for Virginia
- Virginia Automobile Dealers Association
- American Trucking Associations
- International Warehouse Logistics Association
The Career Clusters logo and its extensions are the property of the National Career Technical Foundation, as managed by NASDCTEc. Some content on this page is from the publication, R U College & Career Ready? - 2016 Edition; and is used here with permission from the Virginia Business Publications LLC and Trailblazers in the Demographics and Workforce Section of the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia.