Transportation and Material Moving Occupations

The most recent data of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2019) states the following about transportation and material moving occupations:

Employment in transportation and material moving occupations is projected to grow 3 percent from 2019 to 2029, about as fast as the average for all occupations, and add about 448,900 jobs. Material moving workers are expected to be needed to move materials in nearly all sectors of the economy. Additionally, the economy depends on truck drivers to transport freight and keep supply chains moving.

The median annual wage for transportation and material moving occupations was $32,440 in May 2019, below the median for all occupations of $39,810.


Transportation and Material Moving Jobs

Below you find a list of transportation and material moving positions with a job summary, entry-level education, and median pay level. Each link brings you to a specific job page where you can find more information about the position, and commonly asked interview questions and answers for that job.

OccupationJob SummaryEntry-Level Education2019 Median Pay
Air Traffic ControllersAir traffic controllers coordinate the movement of aircraft to maintain safe distances between them.Associate's degree$122,990
Airline and Commercial PilotsAirline and commercial pilots fly and navigate airplanes, helicopters, and other aircraft.See How to Become One$121,430
Delivery Truck Drivers and Driver/Sales WorkersDelivery truck drivers and driver/sales workers pick up, transport, and drop off packages and small shipments within a local region or urban area.High school diploma or equivalent$32,020
Flight AttendantsFlight attendants provide routine services and respond to emergencies to ensure the safety and comfort of airline passengers.High school diploma or equivalent$56,640
Hand Laborers and Material MoversHand laborers and material movers manually move freight, stock, or other materials.No formal educational credential$28,710
Heavy and Tractor-trailer Truck DriversHeavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers transport goods from one location to another.Postsecondary nondegree award$45,260
Material Moving Machine OperatorsMaterial moving machine operators use machinery to transport various objects.See How to Become One$36,770
Passenger Vehicle DriversPassenger vehicle drivers operate buses, taxis, and other modes of transportation to take people from place to place.See How to Become One$33,300
Railroad WorkersWorkers in railroad occupations ensure that passenger and freight trains safely run on time. They may drive trains, coordinate the activities of the trains, or operate signals and switches in the rail yard.High school diploma or equivalent$65,020
Water Transportation WorkersWater transportation workers operate and maintain vessels that take cargo and people over water.See How to Become One$57,330


Job Interview Topics – Common Job Interview Questions & Answers

Below you can find a list of common job interview topics. Each link will direct you to an article regarding the specific topics that discuss commonly asked interview questions. Furthermore, each article discusses why the interviewer asks these questions and how you answer them!

  1. Accomplishments
  2. Adaptability
  3. Admission
  4. Behavioral
  5. Career Change
  6. Career Goals
  7. Communication
  8. Competency
  9. Conflict Resolution
  10. Creative Thinking
  11. Cultural Fit
  12. Customer Service
  13. Direct
  14. Experience
  15. Government
  16. Graduate
  17. Growth Potential
  18. Honesty & Integrity
  19. Illegal
  20. Inappropriate
  21. Job Satisfaction
  22. Leadership
  23. Management
  24. Entry-Level & No experience
  25. Performance-Based
  26. Personal
  27. Prioritization & Time Management
  28. Problem-solving
  29. Salary
  30. Situational & Scenario-based
  31. Stress Management
  32. Teamwork
  33. Telephone Interview
  34. Tough
  35. Uncomfortable
  36. Work Ethic