Bureau of Labor Statistics

Field of degree: Transportation

Transportation field of degree. Employment: 161,160. Median annual wage: $80,000.

Transportation field of degree. Employment: 161,160. Median annual wage: $80,000

Table 1. Transportation degree, 2019.

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Table 1. Transportation degree, 2019
Data Transportation All fields

Employment

161,160 56,820,460

Median wage

80,000 60,000

Percent employed part time

14 15

Percent employed in occupations requiring at least a bachelor's degree

26 61

Percent with an advanced degree

21 37

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey.

Chart 1. Types of transportation major, 2019.

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Chart 1. Types of transportation major, 2019
Transportation major Major share

Transportation Sciences And Technologies

100%

Note: The sum of percents by major may not total 100 due to rounding.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey.

Chart 2. Employment distribution of workers with a transportation degree, by occupational group, 2019.

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Chart 2. Employment distribution of workers with a transportation degree, by occupational group, 2019
Occupational group Occupational group share

Transportation and material moving occupations

37%

Management occupations

13

Office and administrative support occupations

6

Sales and related occupations

6

Business and financial operations occupations

5

Other

33

Note: The sum of percents by major may not total 100 due to rounding.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey.

Table 2. Top-employing occupations for workers with a transportation degree.

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Table 2. Top-employing occupations for workers with a transportation degree
Occupational Outlook Handbook profile Percent growth, projected 2020–30 Typical entry-level education Percent degree holders in this field, this occupation, 2019 Percent of this occupation with an advanced degree, 2019

Airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers

14% Bachelor's degree 27% 15%

Captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels

13 Postsecondary nondegree award 1 5

Aircraft mechanics and service technicians

12 Postsecondary nondegree award 3 2

General and operations managers

9 Bachelor's degree 2 13

Personal service managers, all other; entertainment and recreation managers, except gambling; and managers, all other

7 Bachelor's degree 5 20

Police and sheriff's patrol officers

7 High school diploma or equivalent 1 7

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

6 Postsecondary nondegree award 1 1

Air traffic controllers

4 Associate's degree 4 7

Real estate sales agents

4 High school diploma or equivalent 2 12

Customer service representatives

-1 High school diploma or equivalent 1 4

Note: Occupational profiles may comprise multiple SOC occupations, which may have differing education categories.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections program (projected growth, entry-level education) and U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey (degree holders, advanced degrees).

Suggested citation:

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Field of degree: Transportation,
at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/field-of-degree/transportation/transportation-field-of-degree.htm (visited January 19, 2022).

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