Industrial Traffic Managers

Industrial traffic managers handle the booking, billing, claims, and related paperwork for the safe and efficient movement of cargo by air, water, truck, or rail. They analyze the costs of different forms of transport and calculate the shipping rates for the customers. There are approximately 102,610 transportation, storage, and distribution managers employed in the United States. Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks hold about 677,450 jobs.

Quick Facts
Duties Use computer programs to analyze costs and efficiency for transporting goods; deal with outside vendors; maintain accurate shipping records; supervise employees
Alternate Title(s) Freight-Rate Analysts, Rate Supervisors, Shipping Services Sales Representatives, Traffic Agents, Traffic Clerks, Traffic-Rate Clerks
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
  • Bachelor's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Business
  • Economics
  • Mathematics
Experience Related experience recommended
  • Business Management
  • Computer
  • Organizational
Personality Traits
  • Enterprising
  • Organized
  • Realistic
Licensure/Certification Recommended
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Traffic Manager
  • Associate Traffic Manager
  • Rate Supervisor
  • Traffic Agent
  • Traffic Clerk

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