Key Growth Sector

Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics

About this Sector

Over the next decade, employers need to fill 1.3 million middle-skilled jobs in Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics that currently pay at least $35,000 per year, jobs like dispatchers, truck drivers, car mechanics, and aircraft technicians. Women hold only 9% of these jobs.

The U.S. Department of Transportation projects a large number of job openings in transportation, distribution, and logistics over the next decade because of retirement and employment growth. Jobs such as cargo and freight agents have higher earnings than other similar jobs that need the same level of education and experience.

Job Moves that Increase Women's Wages

How to Improve Women’s Access in Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

The U.S. Department of Transportation has recognized the need to improve women’s access to jobs in the transportation, distribution, and logistics occupations if the industry is to have a realistic chance at meeting forecasted skills needs. Creating and maintaining work cultures that respect workers and protect their opportunities to be trained to become a skilled worker will benefit the industry overall, not just women. There are several associations for women working in different parts of the transportation industry. The American Apprenticeship grant program- designed to be inclusive- includes apprenticeships in transportation.

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