We could say that jobs in the transportation industry are growing at a, ahem, fast and furious rate…but we won’t, because we have more respect for the late Paul Walker, the transportation industry and ourselves to make such a terrible pun.
Job growth in the transportation industry is growing quickly, however. In fact, it’s outpacing the national average, according to a new analysis from CareerBuilder and JobsInMotion.com. From 2010 to 2013, employment in transportation grew 6.1 percent – significantly higher than the nationwide job growth over this time frame (4.1 percent).
This finding isn’t just good news for transportation industry employers and workers, either. “The health of the transportation industry is a bellwether for the rest of the economy, as it is integral to the supply chains of many industrial and consumer sectors,” says Rob Morris, director of JobsInMotion.com.
Truck drivers, the largest industry occupation, grew a remarkable 6.6 percent from 2010 to 2013, with 15,000 new jobs expected to be added this year. As for the rest of the industry, the following chart shows the 10 fastest growing transportation jobs within the industry in 2014.
10 Fastest Growing Transportation Jobs in 2014
|Occupation||Jobs (2013)||Jobs (2014)||% Change||Median Hourly Earnings|
|Bus Drivers, School or Special Client||181,884||186,623||3%||$13.53|
|Motor Vehicle Operators, All Other*||7,685||7,869||2%||$13.19|
|Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels||26,093||26,699||2%||$31.80|
|Sailors and Marine Oilers||24,778||25,315||2%||$18.36|
|Transportation Attendants, Except Flight Attendants||13,844||14,144||2%||$10.33|
|Helpers – Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Workers||5,887||6,013||2%||$11.64|
|Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics||12,557||12,811||2%||$16.34|
|Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs||151,563||154,498||2%||$10.33|
*Motor Vehicle Operators, All Other is a catch-all occupation for drivers not listed in a specific category (e.g. bus, taxi or tractor-trailer).