Industrial Traffic Managers

Large and medium-sized companies are increasingly using computers to store and retrieve records. Computerized conveyor systems, robotics, and trucks, as well as scanners, are increasing productivity and eliminating the need for large numbers of workers. The U.S. Department of Labor predicts that employment of transportation, storage, and distribution managers will decline slowly through 2018. Traffic management can never be completely computerized, however. Managers will still be needed to arrange and oversee shipments before they go out and when they arrive. Traffic clerks will also be affected by automation as most firms attempt to save money by using computerized tracking systems. Employment for these workers is also expected to decline moderately through 2018.

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