Transportation keeps our economy, people, and products moving. Occupations involved in transporting, distributing, and coordinating the movement of goods range from airline pilots to mechanics to logisticians. Additionally, this cluster includes occupations related to warehouse storage, including jobs like cargo and freight agents; supervisors; and non-emergency dispatchers.
The majority of this career cluster’s work takes place on the ground via highways and railroads, but it also includes workers who move people and products over the water and through the air. Work environments vary by occupation. While some truck drivers may work long hours and travel large distances, people who work in warehouses are more likely to work eight hour shifts. Physical strength is necessary for some jobs, while word processing and spreadsheet skills are priorities in other occupations.
For the Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics career cluster, the greatest number of new jobs in New Mexico are projected to include heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers; freight laborers, stock, and material movers; operating engineers and other construction equipment operators; and heavy diesel mechanics. Many jobs require a high school education, but post-secondary education, usually no higher than a bachelor’s degree, is needed for some occupations. Workers may often find jobs in temporary service agencies, long distance freight trucking businesses, new car dealerships, warehouse and storage facilities, and express delivery companies.