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Career and Technical Education (CATE) - Transportation

A career in transportation is similar to logistics and distribution in that it provides no shortage of work options. It is the kind of profession that’s needed in all sorts of businesses. Everything from local to global corporations and even government offices needs transportation. The logistics and distribution industry can’t function properly without efficient transportation.

Here are 3 main careers in transportation:

Logistics Engineer
Job seekers with an ability to analyze data can become a logistics engineer for transportation. The main task for this is to evaluate the supply chain and examine systems and trends using mathematical dexterity. Engineers interpret analysis into probable solutions readily implemented to the production line. Good command in technical writing is demanded of an engineer as they also take the responsibility of writing proposals.

Purchasing Manager
Shippers need a person who can control the distribution of goods and products. Before that happens, companies must obtain resources to be delivered to production. Purchase managers are the people behind the acquisition of these materials. They understand local and international laws, as well as cultures, since they supply to different parts of the world. That also means that purchase managers must have a good grip on the language of drafting contracts, as they too coordinate with warehouse managers.

Supply-Chain Manager
It is said that the supply-chain manager is the king of all transportation and logistics. The reason for this is that they are the people tasked to oversee the supply-chain from purchasing to production. That means doing the “nitty-gritty” work of delving into the warehouse and having knowledge on how inventory stands. Other managers take advice from the supply-chain manager, especially if they are deciding the means to streamline certain systems in order to reduce expenses while optimizing productivity. That implies that this manager is behind forecasting financial needs of the production, and also planning out major logistical decisions.