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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
Master’s Degree 774
Doctor’s Degree 12
Graduate Certificate 1

What Transportation & Materials Moving Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to transportation and materials moving and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Transportation & Materials Moving Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in transportation and materials moving should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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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

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to transportation and materials moving:

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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

As a transportation and materials moving major, you will find yourself needing the following abilities:

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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
Logistics Managers 6.8% $94,730
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
Storage and Distribution Managers 6.8% $94,730
Subway and Streetcar Operators 4.7% $68,170
Transportation Managers 6.8% $94,730
Vocational Education Professors 1.4% $53,120

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Transportation & Materials Moving?

5,135 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
12% Percent Women
23% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major attracts more men than women. About 88% 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:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Transportation & Materials Moving Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 194
Black or African American 303
Hispanic or Latino 507
White 3,305
International Students 380
Other Races/Ethnicities 446

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Transportation & Materials Moving, too. About 7.4% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Transportation & Materials Moving Majors Make?

Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary

According to 2017-2018 data from the U.S. Department of Education, students who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in transportation and materials moving have a median salary of $40,300 during the early years of their career. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $37,600 (25th percentile) and $47,900 (75th percentile).

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One thing to note here is that not all of these people may be working in careers related to transportation and materials moving.

Salaries According to BLS

Transportation and Materials Moving majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $47,570 to $64,360 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

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 degrees associated with transportation and materials moving may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. 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.

Find out what the typical degree level is for transportation and materials moving careers below.

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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 132,634
Mechanic & Repair Technologies 107,442
Precision Production 57,435
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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