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$56,630 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Transportation & Materials Moving Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many transportation and materials moving graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Basic Certificate 19,815
Bachelor’s Degree 5,135
Associate’s Degree 1,926
Undergraduate Certificate 1,103

What Transportation & Materials Moving Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, transportation and materials moving majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

Knowledge Areas for Transportation & Materials Moving Majors

Transportation and Materials Moving majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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  • Transportation - Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

Skills for Transportation & Materials Moving Majors

When studying transportation and materials moving, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

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  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Abilities for Transportation & Materials Moving Majors

Transportation and Materials Moving majors often go into careers where the following abilities are vital:

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  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.

What Can You Do With a Transportation & Materials Moving Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with transportation and materials moving:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Air Traffic Controllers 3.6% $124,540
Airfield Operations Specialists 9.0% $52,200
Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers 3.5% $140,340
Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 5.4% $32,420
Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity 9.0% $42,080
Commercial Divers 9.8% $49,140
Commercial Pilots 3.7% $82,240
Crane and Tower Operators 8.5% $54,140
Dredge Operators 5.6% $45,260
Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas 19.9% $44,430
Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators 8.1% $44,270
Extraction Workers 14.3% $54,840
First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material-Moving Machine and Vehicle Operators 6.6% NA
Flight Attendants 10.2% $56,000
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 5.8% $43,680
Highway Maintenance Workers 6.9% $39,690
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 6.5% $32,810
Mates- Ship, Boat, and Barge 8.8% $69,180
Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators 12.3% $47,810
Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators 12.1% $39,780
Pile-Driver Operators 13.5% $58,680
Pilots, Ship 8.8% $69,180
Rail Transportation Workers 4.3% $55,410
Rail Yard Engineers, Dinkey Operators, and Hostlers 4.5% $52,630
Rail-Track Laying and Maintenance Equipment Operators 8.6% $56,930
Ship and Boat Captains 8.8% $69,180
Ship Engineers 6.9% $71,130
Subway and Streetcar Operators 4.7% $68,170

Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in Transportation & Materials Moving?

1,926 Associate's Degrees Annually
13% Percent Women
31% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major attracts more men than women. About 87% of the graduates in this field are male.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of transportation and materials moving majors is as follows:

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 66
Black or African American 120
Hispanic or Latino 318
White 1,126
International Students 107
Other Races/Ethnicities 189

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Transportation & Materials Moving, too. About 5.6% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Transportation & Materials Moving Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $47,570 to $64,360 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to transportation and materials moving. This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some careers associated with transportation and materials moving require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to transportation and materials moving have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 8.8%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 50.2%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 16.1%
Some College Courses 6.3%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 6.1%
Bachelor’s Degree 9.6%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 0.6%
Master’s Degree 1.6%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 0.1%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 0.1%
Doctoral Degree 0.2%

Online Transportation & Materials Moving Programs

In 2018-2019, 519 schools offered a transportation and materials moving program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 381 7
Certificate (1-2 years) 114 2
Certificate (2-4 Years) 5 0
Associate’s Degree 208 11
Bachelor’s Degree 6 0
Post-Baccalaureate 381 7
Master’s Degree 24 13
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 5 2
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Transportation & Materials Moving Worth It?

The median salary for a transportation and materials moving grad is $56,630 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 42% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $334,600 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to transportation and materials moving.

Major Number of Grads
Personal & Culinary Services 132,602
Mechanic & Repair Technologies 107,435
Precision Production 57,423
Construction Trades 36,003

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

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