Transportation Jobs

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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When many people think of transportation jobs, they immediately picture drivers, pilots, and captains, but these are only a fraction of the positions available. Sure, you can make a fine living as a trucker, a limo or cab driver, or even make ends meet as a "runner," but there are also dispatchers, coordinators, managers, and fleet owners. Apart from that, there are non-transportation jobs in the transportation industry.

This final category may represent the majority of transportation jobs out there. Remember, a cargo company or international exporter still needs accountants to handle its finances, engineers to program and maintain its computer network, lawyers to oversee contracts and agreements, and so forth. When you expand your definition of transportation jobs to include these sundry tasks, the industry becomes a mammoth one.

Traditional Transportation Jobs

In spite of all these related jobs, the average person, when he or she thinks of "transpo" jobs, still envisions a rig driver out on the open road late at night, sipping coffee and operating a CB. If this is the kind of job you're seeking, you can in fact find it; there are a wealth of trucker ads posted each day in most cities' daily newspapers. Just know that the reality of driving a 45-foot rig is far different from its perception.

Driver jobs require long hours, steady concentration, and outstanding instincts. Many trucking companies make their drivers directly responsible for any loss of or damage to cargo, which gives them a vested interest in arriving safely with their contents intact. What's more, trucking jobs can demand extensive time away from one's family, not just during the week, but over holidays and other occasions as well.


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