Managers in transportation (NOC 0731)

About this job

Managers in transportation:

  • plan, organize and direct the operations of transportation companies such as railways, airlines, bus lines, municipal transit systems, shipping lines and trucking companies, under the direction of a general manager or other senior manager
  • plan, organize and direct companies or departments responsible for the transportation and movement of goods, under the direction of a general manager or other senior manager
  • work for transportation, freight forwarding and shipping companies and for transportation departments of companies in retail and manufacturing sectors and utilities
Common job titles
  • captain, port / shore - water transport
  • corporate transportation
  • cruise ship line manager
  • manager, distribution / warehousing
  • manager, ferry operations
  • manager, marine transportation operations
  • captain, port / shore - water transport
  • corporate transportation
  • cruise ship line manager
  • freight forwarder
  • manager, cartage / freight / moving
  • manager, corporate traffic

Earnings

Annual provincial median salary

$72,996

Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage data

Note:Estimated median employment income based on 2016 Job Bank median hourly wage rate (median annual salary = hourly wage rate x 40 (hours per week) x 52.14 (weeks per year))

Provincial hourly rate

  • High
  • Median
  • Low

Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage Report

Duties

Managers in transportation operations:

  • plan, organize and direct the operations of a transportation company
  • set operations policies and standards, including determination of safety procedures for the handling of dangerous goods, and ensure compliance with transport regulations
  • oversee dispatch of vehicles, vessels or aircraft
  • control the company or departmental budget
  • oversee company's or department's performance, prepare reports for senior management, and plan for changes to schedules and policies
  • hire employees and oversee their training

Managers in transportation freight traffic:

  • plan, organize and direct the activities of companies or departments responsible for co-ordinating, arranging and monitoring the transportation and movement of goods
  • arrange for shipping documentation and oversee the scheduling and dispatching of goods and the tracking and tracing of goods in transit
  • set performance goals, oversee the setting of transportation service rates and oversee revenue
  • develop plans and procedures for the transportation and storage of goods
  • negotiate with carriers, warehouse operators and insurance company representatives for services and preferential rates
  • control the departmental budget
  • hire employees and oversee their training

Work environment

Work in this occupation is typically performed in a structured environment, such as an office.

Job requirements

Education, training & qualifications

Managers in transportation operations:

  • A bachelor's degree in business administration or engineering is usually required
  • Several years of experience in transportation operations are usually required, including supervisory experience
  • Extensive experience as a supervisor and operator in a particular transport mode, such as a pilot, train engineer, vessel master or truck driver, may substitute for formal education
  • Certification as an operator of a particular mode of transportation, such as commercial pilot, vessel master or truck driver, is usually required

Managers in transportation freight traffic:

  • Completion of secondary school is required
  • A college diploma or university degree in business or transportation administration may be required
  • Several years of clerical, operational or administrative experience related to freight traffic are required

Skills

  • Innovative
  • Social
  • Directive
  • Verbal & Written Comprehension
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Education programs in B.C.

The following program areas are related to this occupation:
  • Business Administration/Management/Commerce
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering Technology Related
  • Computer Engineering Related
  • Electrical, Electronic & Communications Engineering
  • Engineering Science
  • Mechanical Engineering

For more information about programs offered specifically for this career, visit EducationPlannerBC.

Select a region to view regional outlook
Vancouver Island / Coast Mainland / Southwest Thompson-Okanagan Kootenay Cariboo Northeast North Coast & Nechako
Cariboo
Employment in 2016:
130
Average annual employment growth:
-0.1%
Expected number of job openings:
70
Kootenay
Employment in 2016:
0
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Mainland / Southwest
Employment in 2016:
3,450
Average annual employment growth:
0.6%
Expected number of job openings:
1,690
North Coast & Nechako
Employment in 2016:
10
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Northeast
Employment in 2016:
0
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Thompson-Okanagan
Employment in 2016:
400
Average annual employment growth:
1.4%
Expected number of job openings:
270
Vancouver Island / Coast
Employment in 2016:
540
Average annual employment growth:
1.2%
Expected number of job openings:
330

N/A - Data not available

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Career paths and resources

Career paths

There is little or no mobility between transportation managers, operations and transportation managers, freight traffic.

There is little or no mobility between transportation managers of land, sea and air transportation operations.

Additional resources

Additional resources are not currently available for this career.