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Ground Transportation Major

75 yearly degrees
#56 in popularity
$54,000 median salary

Ground transportation is a major that typically falls into the Transportation & Materials Moving category.

There are 17 programs available throughout the country that offer an associate’s degree in ground transport, 0 that offer a bachelor’s degree, and 0 that offer a master’s degree.

Who Is Getting a Ground Transport Degree?

In 2017, roughly ground transport majors graduated with a bachelor’s degree, making it the most popular major in the country.

Racial Distribution

At the countrywide level, the racial distribution of ground transport majors is as follows:

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Ground Transportation Majors Ethnic Diversity Statistics

What Will You Learn as a Ground Transportation Major?

An O*NET survey asked people with careers related to ground transport to rate how important certain subject areas were to their job. The following are some of the results of that survey. Importance was rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Ground Transport Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

Important Knowledge Areas for Ground Transportation Majors

Skills for Ground Transport Majors

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to ground transport:

Important Skills for Ground Transportation Majors

Abilities for Ground Transport Majors

Some of the most crucial abilities to master while a ground transport student include the following:

Important Abilities for ground transport Majors

What Can You Do With a Ground Transport Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with ground transport:

Careers Related to Ground Transportation
Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary

Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators



Logging Equipment Operators



Vocational Education Professors



Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity



Crane and Tower Operators



Pile-Driver Operators



Dredge Operators



Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters



Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers



Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers



Ground Transportation Major Salary

Ground transport majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $46,000 to $59,000. 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, the typical high school graduate makes between $29,000 and $57,000 a year. The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $44,000 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,000 and $120,000.

Average Salary for a Ground Transport Major  ( 46000 to 59000 )
Average Salary for High School Graduate  ( 29000 to 57000 )
Average Salary with Bachelor's Degree  ( 44000 to 99000 )
Average Salary with Advanced Degree  ( 55000 to 120000 )

Your salary will be largely dependent on the career path you follow and what area of the country (or world) you work. Getting a graduate degree may open up more options with higher salary potential.

Amount of Education Required for Ground Transportation Major Jobs

Some careers associated with ground transport 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.

How much education do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to ground transport have obtained the following education levels.

Education Levels for Careers Associated With Ground Transportation
Level of Education Percentage of Workers

Less Than a High School Diploma


High School Diploma or Equivalent


Post-Secondary Certificate


Some College Courses


Associate's Degree or Equivalent


Bachelor's Degree


Post-Baccalaureate Certificate


Master's Degree


Post-Master's Certificate


First Professional Degree


Doctoral Degree


Post-Doctoral Training


Online Ground Transportation Programs

There are 0 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in ground transportation, with 0 of them offering at least some courses online.

Online learners must listen or watch video lectures, participate in group chats or forums, submit papers and assignments electronically, take tests, and meet deadlines.

Online learners benefit from being able to watch lectures remotely and complete coursework on their schedule, but they also take longer to graduate than average and are more likely to dropout.

Is a Ground Transportation Major Worth It?

The median salary for a ground transport grad is $54,000 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 40% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $308,000 after 20 years!

ground transportation salary compared to typical high school and college graduates over a 20 year period


Bureau of Labor Statistics
National Center for Education Statistics
O*NET Online
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