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The globalization of the economy continues to fuel the movement of passengers and cargo around the world every day by air, truck, bus and rail. Whether it is people traveling by plane over the Atlantic for vacation or freight being delivered to businesses across the country, all are part of the transportation industry that is essential to our world. A wide variety of transportation occupations exists for individuals interested in this career field working for private businesses as well as local, state, and federal governments. Many jobs are highly focused and require specialized training programs such as an airline pilot flying a commercial plane or a locomotive engineer operating a freight train, while others such as a bus driver may only require a commercial driverís license (CDL) and a period of training.
In order to successfully move people and cargo from one point to another, most transportation jobs have physical requirements which may include a strong stamina and the ability to stay alert, as well as good hearing, eyesight, and vision. In addition, individuals should be safety-conscious, have a good driving record and a strong attention to detail, and have an aptitude for geography in order to read maps and directions. Most occupations also require strong customer service and communication skills in order to effectively deal with passengers. Mechanical and engineering skills, along with computer and electronics skills are also very useful to possess for many positions.
Educational requirements vary by occupation, although all jobs require individuals to have a high school diploma or GED equivalent. Most occupations have a period of on-the-job training, with some requiring applicants to have completed a specialized training program, such as required for air traffic controllers or pilots. Many of these programs are offered through community colleges or vocational schools. In addition, state and federal governments establish qualifications and standards for some occupations, such as the requirement for bus drivers to have a commercial driverís license (CDL), or locomotive engineers to complete a formal engineer training program and licensure test.
A variety of career options exist for working in the air, truck, bus, and rail transportation industries. The following are a few examples of job choices in these fields:
What People Love and Hate about Transportation Careers
Here is a selection from Inside Career Info's Career Reports of what people love and hate about their transportation jobs: