Transportation Managers

(NOC 0731)

in All Management

Operations managers in transportation plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the operations of transportation companies like railways, airlines, bus lines, municipal transit systems, shipping lines and trucking companies, under the direction of a general manager or other senior manager. Freight traffic managers in transportation plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate companies or departments responsible for the transportation and movement of goods, under the direction of a general manager or other senior manager. Transportation managers work for transportation, freight forwarding and shipping companies and by transportation departments of companies in retail and manufacturing sectors and utilities.

Job Outlook

Average

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  • Estimate Stable employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 25 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate High rate of unemployment in 2019

Compared to: All Management

  • Estimate -245 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 3210 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “average”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is comparable to the average for all occupations in Nova Scotia. This is a moderate sized occupation in Nova Scotia so some job opportunities may occur through turnover. The number employed in this occupation is expected to remain largely the same over the next few years. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Managers in Transportation most commonly work full-time hours.

The median employment income for 79% of Managers in Transportation who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $74,255. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

$21.70

Minimum

$37.50

Median

$61.54

Maximum

Annual Pay

$24,762

Minimum

$66,651

Median

$133,484

Maximum

Compared to: All Management

Hourly Pay

$16.70

Minimum

$45.17

Median

$58.17

Maximum

Annual Pay

$10,632

Minimum

$55,002

Median

$124,014

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Operations managers in transportation plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the operations of transportation companies like railways, airlines, bus lines, municipal transit systems, shipping lines and trucking companies, under the direction of a general manager or other senior manager.

Freight traffic managers in transportation plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate companies or departments responsible for the transportation and movement of goods, under the direction of a general manager or other senior manager.

Transportation managers work for transportation, freight forwarding and shipping companies and by transportation departments of companies in retail and manufacturing sectors and utilities.

Job duties

Operations managers:

  • Manage the operations of a transportation company.
  • Determine operations policies and standards, including safety procedures for the handling of dangerous goods, and make sure they meet transport regulations.
  • Oversee dispatch of vehicles, vessels or aircraft.
  • Control the company or departmental budget, including purchases.
  • Monitor the performance of company or department, prepare reports for senior management, and plan for changes to schedules and policies.
  • Recruit staff and oversee their training.

Freight traffic managers:

  • Manage companies or departments that coordinate, arrange and monitor the transportation and movement of goods.
  • Arrange for shipping documentation and oversee the scheduling and dispatching of goods and the tracking and tracing of goods in transit.
  • Set performance goals, oversee the setting of transportation service rates and monitor revenue.
  • Develop plans and procedures for the transportation and storage of goods.
  • Negotiate with carriers, warehouse operators and insurance company representatives for services and preferential rates.
  • Control the departmental budget.
  • Recruit staff and oversee their training.

Sample job titles

  • airline flight schedule design manager
  • airline manager
  • director of transportation
  • distribution and warehousing manager
  • freight forwarder
  • moving company manager
  • transportation logistics manager
  • urban transit system manager
  • water transport manager

Skills

You need good organizational and managerial skills. An ability to work under pressure is important. You must be decisive. You need to work well with others. Effective spoken and written communication skills are important.

Job requirements

Operations managers in transportation:

  • A bachelor's degree in business administration or engineering.
  • Certification as an operator of a mode of transportation like commercial pilot, vessel master or truck driver, is usually required.

Freight traffic managers in transportation:

  • High school is required.
  • A college diploma or university degree in business or transportation administration may be required.

Other considerations

There is little or no movement between managers in transportation operations and managers in transportation freight traffic or between transportation managers of land, sea and air transportation operations. Managers in transportation operations usually require several years of experience in transportation operations including supervisory experience. Extensive experience as a supervisor and operator in a particular transport mode like a pilot, train engineer, vessel master or truck driver, may substitute for formal education. Several years of clerical, operational or administrative experience related to freight traffic are required for Managers in transportation freight traffic.

By the numbers

Quick look

770

employed in 2016

94.8%

employed full-time

11.8%

self employed

18.3%
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81.7%
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49.9

median age

Compared to: All Management

44,250

employed in 2016

91.2%

employed full-time

18.9%

self employed

40.5%
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59.5%
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48.7

median age

Where will I likely work?

61.4%

Halifax

12.4%

North Shore

12.4%

Annapolis Valley

7.2%

Cape Breton

6.5%

Southern

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

60.8%

Transportation and warehousing

7.7%

Public administration

5.6%

Manufacturing

4.9%

Retail trade

4.2%

Wholesale trade

What is the age of Employment?

35.0%

45-54

24.0%

55-64

23.0%

35-44

9.0%

25-34

7.0%

65+

1.0%

15-24

Compared to: All Management

30.7%

45-54

23.1%

35-44

21.7%

55-64

14.0%

25-34

7.8%

65+

Top levels of education

31.8%

High school

$64,914 median annual income
22.1%

College Diploma

$57,468 median annual income
21.4%

Bachelor

$85,356 median annual income
11.0%

Apprenticeship

$56,032 median annual income
4.5%

Less than high school

$41,478 median annual income

Compared to: All Management

27.2%

Bachelor

$71,875 median annual income
23.8%

High school

$42,294 median annual income
20.4%

College Diploma

$50,256 median annual income
9.1%

Master

$93,261 median annual income
7.2%

Apprenticeship

$44,396 median annual income

Education & training

Business administration and management - General

This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.

This instructional program class includes any program that generally prepares individuals to plan, organize, direct, and control the functions and processes of a firm or organization. These programs include courses in management theory, human resources management and behaviour, accounting and other quantitative methods, purchasing and logistics, organization and production, marketing, and business decision-making.

Institutions providing this program

Maritime Business College

800 Sackville Drive

Lower Sackville, NS B4E 1R8

(902) 463-6700

Academy of Learning Career College - Halifax

6960 Mumford Road, Suite 155-1st Floor Mumford Professional Centre

Halifax, NS B3L 4P1

(902) 455-3395

Acadia University

15 University Avenue

Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6

(902) 542-2201

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

Mount Saint Vincent University

166 Bedford Highway

Halifax, NS B3M 2J6

(902) 457-6117

Universite Sainte-Anne

Siège Social: 1695, Route 1

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0

(902) 769-2114

St. Francis Xavier University

PO Box 5000

Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5

(902) 867-2219

Saint Mary's University

923 Robie Street

Halifax, NS B3H 3C3

(902) 420-5400

Cape Breton University

PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6L2

(888) 959-9995

Nova Scotia Community College - Annapolis Valley Campus

50 Elliott Road

Middleton, NS B0S 1M0

(902) 825-3491

Nova Scotia Community College - Cumberland Campus

PO Box 550, 1 Main Street

Springhill, NS B0M 1X0

(902) 597-3737

Nova Scotia Community College - Burridge Campus

372 Pleasant Street

Yarmouth, NS B5A 2L2

(902) 742-3501

Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus

236 Belcher Street

Kentville, NS B4N 0A6

(902) 678-7341

Nova Scotia Community College - Lunenburg Campus

75 High Street

Bridgewater, NS B4V 1V8

(902) 543-4608

Nova Scotia Community College - Pictou Campus & School of Fisheries

PO Box 820, 39 Acadia Avenue

Stellarton, NS B0K 1S0

(902) 752-2002

Nova Scotia Community College - Strait Area Campus & Nautical Institute

226 Reeves Street

Port Hawkesbury, NS B9A 2A2

(902) 625-2380

Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus

PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6J7

(902) 563-2450

Nova Scotia Community College - Truro Campus

36 Arthur Street

Truro, NS B2N 1X5

(902) 893-5385

Nova Scotia Community College - Ivany Campus

80 Mawiomi Place

Dartmouth, NS B2Y 0A5

(902) 491-1100

Nova Scotia Community College - Online Learning

Unit 37, 115 Chain Lake Drive

Halifax, NS B3S 1B3

(877) 491-6774

Business administration, management and operations - Other

This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.

This instructional program class includes any program not listed above that relates to Business Administration, Management and Operations.

There are no schools in Nova Scotia offering this program.

Business/commerce - General

This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.

This instructional program class includes any program that focuses on the general study of business, including the processes of interchanging goods and services (buying, selling and producing), business organization, and accounting as used in profit-making and non-profit public and private institutions and agencies. The program prepares individuals to apply business principles and techniques in various occupational settings.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

University of King's College

6350 Coburg Road

Halifax, NS B3H 2A1

(902) 422-1271

Universite Sainte-Anne

Siège Social: 1695, Route 1

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0

(902) 769-2114

Saint Mary's University

923 Robie Street

Halifax, NS B3H 3C3

(902) 420-5400

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association
105 Englehart Street, Suite 800
Dieppe, NB E1A 8K2
Tel: (506) 855-2782
Fax: (506) 853-7424
Railway Association of Canada
99 Bank Street, Suite 901
Ottawa, ON K1P 6B9
Tel: (613) 567-8591
Fax: (613) 567-6726
Canadian Institute of Management - Maritimes
PO Box 463
Port Williams, NS B0P 1T0
Tel: (902) 670-0746 
Trucking Human Resource Sector Council Atlantic
14 Court Street, Suite 301
Truro, NS B2N 5V2
Tel: (902) 893-8410
Fax: (902) 895-6984
The Logistics Institute
20 Maud Street, Suite 501
Toronto, ON M5V 2M5
Tel: (416) 363-3005
Fax: (416) 363-5598

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Job postings

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