Transportation Specialists

Military Career

General Information

Description

Transportation specialists coordinate, monitor, control, and supervise the movement of personnel, equipment, and cargo by air, land, and sea. Along with managing technical and logistical support for all facets of transportation operations, they initiate, research, and propose necessary changes to the traffic management system for cost effectiveness and to meet mission requirements.

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Work Environment

Transportation specialists usually work in offices. They may work outdoors when escorting passengers or processing shipments.

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Comparable Industries

  • Freight Transportation Arrangement
  • Support Activities for Air Transportation
  • Couriers and Express Delivery Services
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Military Outlook

Service Branches

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  • Army
  • Marine Corps
  • Navy
  • Air Force
  • Coast Guard

Military Status

  • Enlisted
    • Hands-on/specialized
    • High school diploma required
  • Officer
    • Managerial/professional
    • College degree required

Military Workforce

Transportation Specialists in the Military

54,525

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Salary

Average Salary

$57,892

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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • High school 92%
  • Associate's degree 5%
  • Some college 1%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Bachelor's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 0%

Military training

All enlisted service members complete basic military training, which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field, and covers tactical and survival skills, physical training, military life and customs, and weapons training. Transportation specialists in the Military will gain skills through classroom study and on-the-job experience. Job-specific training topics relate to making transportation arrangements, and may include: Planning transportation for personnel and cargoProper cargo handling, shipping, and storing methodsAnalysis of transportation documents

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Knowledge

  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Geography
  • Clerical
  • Transportation
  • Computers and Electronics

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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