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.
Employment Projections: 2010-2020
The Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics career cluster is expected to see about average growth between 2010 and 2020. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated that total employment in this cluster was 11.2 million in 2010 and projects that it will grow to almost 13 million in 2020. Overall, the cluster is expected to have over 4.4 million job openings, almost 1.7 million of which will come from newly created jobs.The report Employment Projects for Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics Career Cluster, 2010-2020 includes data on occupations growing faster that the nation average, pathways employment overview, occupations with the most job opnings, and employment projections.
What They Make...
Occupations in this cluster and what they make in Virginia
Employed in VA
Typical entry-level Education
|Aircraft service technicians||1,810||$35K–$77K||Postsecondary
|Airline Pilots||2,790||$67K–$187K+||Bachelor's degree|
|Automotive body and related repairers||3,750||$23K–$65K||High school diploma|
|Automotive service technicians||19,250||$21K–$60K||High school diploma|
|Bus drivers, school||17,940||$18K–$44K||High school diploma|
|Bus drivers, transit and intercity||3,650||$21K–$59K||High school diploma|
|Dispatchers, except emergency||4,060||$21K–$60K||High school diploma|
|Driver/sales workers||12,500||$17K–$46K||High school diploma|
|Industrial truck and tractor operators||11,320||$20K–$46K||Less than high school|
|Mobile heavy equipment mechanics||2,920||$31K–$66K||High school diploma|
|Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks||14,380||$19K–$45K||High school diploma|
|Taxi drivers and chauffeurs||4,290||$17K–$37K||Less than high school|
|Transportation and distribution managers||2,210||$48K–$139K||High school diploma|
|Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer||36,240||$25K–$59K||High school diploma|
|Truck drivers, light or delivery services||17,630||$18K–$63K||High school diploma|
|Truck mechanics and diesel specialists||6,590||$27K–$63K||High school diploma|
110th to 90th percentile
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
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.
- 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? - 2014 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.