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 109,210 transportation, storage, and distribution managers employed in the United States. Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks hold about 674,820 jobs.

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