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$56,630 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Transportation & Materials Moving Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many transportation and materials moving graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 774
Doctor’s Degree 12
Graduate Certificate 1

What Transportation & Materials Moving Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to transportation and materials moving were asked what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. They weighted these areas on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.

Knowledge Areas for Transportation & Materials Moving Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in transportation and materials moving should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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  • Transportation - Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

Skills for Transportation & Materials Moving Majors

transportation and materials moving majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:

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  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Abilities for Transportation & Materials Moving Majors

Transportation and Materials Moving majors often go into careers where the following abilities are vital:

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  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.

What Can You Do With a Transportation & Materials Moving Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with transportation and materials moving:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Logistics Managers 6.8% $94,730
Storage and Distribution Managers 6.8% $94,730
Transportation Managers 6.8% $94,730
Vocational Education Professors 1.4% $53,120

Who Is Getting a Master’s Degree in Transportation & Materials Moving?

774 Master's Degrees Annually
24% Percent Women
23% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This major tends to be male dominated. About 76% of recent graduates are men.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of transportation and materials moving majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Transportation & Materials Moving Students with Master's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 28
Black or African American 65
Hispanic or Latino 63
White 443
International Students 94
Other Races/Ethnicities 81

Geographic Diversity

Transportation & Materials Moving appeals to people across the globe. About 12.1% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Transportation & Materials Moving Majors Make?

Master’s Degree Starting Salary

Data from the U.S. Department of Education shows that transportation and materials moving students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a master’s degree made a median starting salary of $74,100 per year. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $59,500 (25th percentile) and $74,100 (75th percentile).

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It’s important to note that just because the people reporting these salaries have a degree in transportation and materials moving, it does not mean that they are working in a job related to their degree.

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $47,570 to $64,360 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to transportation and materials moving. This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some careers associated with transportation and materials moving require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

Find out what the typical degree level is for transportation and materials moving careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 8.8%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 50.2%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 16.1%
Some College Courses 6.3%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 6.1%
Bachelor’s Degree 9.6%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 0.6%
Master’s Degree 1.6%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 0.1%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 0.1%
Doctoral Degree 0.2%

Online Transportation & Materials Moving Programs

In 2018-2019, 519 schools offered a transportation and materials moving program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 381 7
Certificate (1-2 years) 114 2
Certificate (2-4 Years) 5 0
Associate’s Degree 208 11
Bachelor’s Degree 6 0
Post-Baccalaureate 381 7
Master’s Degree 24 13
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 5 2
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Transportation & Materials Moving Worth It?

The median salary for a transportation and materials moving grad is $56,630 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 42% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $334,600 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to transportation and materials moving.

Major Number of Grads
Personal & Culinary Services 132,634
Mechanic & Repair Technologies 107,442
Precision Production 57,435
Construction Trades 36,003

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