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Online Transportation Degrees and Careers

The transportation industry is diverse, challenging, and a vital component of the U.S. economy. From transit to long-haul trucking, transportation is at the forefront of moving people and goods across the country. A number of career opportunities exist in the transportation industry, including:

  • Bus driver
  • Pilot
  • Taxi driver
  • Long-haul driver


The transportation industry should experience job growth and offer a variety of opportunities in the coming decade, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Within aviation, driving, rail and water transportation jobs, the BLS expects solid growth in several careers between 2008 and 2018, including:

  • Commercial pilot (19 percent growth)
  • Taxi driver and chauffeur (16 percent)
  • Long-haul driver (13 percent)
  • Subway operator (19 percent)
  • Vessel captain (17 percent)

Education & Career Opportunities in Transportation

Transportation jobs have diverse requirements and salaries. Depending on your career choice in transportation, degrees could be necessary. For example, commercial pilots typically have a college degree, as well as Air Force or flight school experience, and an FAA license. Mean annual wages for commercial pilots were $73,060 in 2009, according to the BLS.

To work as a taxi driver or chauffeur, with a mean annual wage of $23,930, you should have a driver's license and map reading and auto mechanics knowledge. To be a long-haul truck driver, with a mean annual wage of $39,260, you should be 21 years old to be able to cross state lines to deliver goods. To be a subway operator, you need good hearing, eyesight, and quick, responsible judgments. Mean annual wage stands at $52,800. With a mean annual wage of $70,740, vessel captains should train in merchant marine academies, obtain government licenses, and possess optimal balance to operate in rough waters.



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