Transportation & LogisticsTransportation & Logistics

Getting from point A to point B in New Jersey is a challenge, but a whole lot of people keep trying. What you may not realize, though, is that the transportation industry is about more than vehicles with wheels. It also has to do with logistics, which involves warehouse storage and the movement of consumer goods, like stereos and MP3 players, to and from the manufacturers and the stores. As the number of residents using mass transit, like trains and buses, grows (as is expected), so too will the job opportunities in transportation. What’s more, the ships are coming in. Changes at New Jersey’s shipping ports, mainly in Newark/Elizabeth and Camden, will mean lots of new jobs, both high-tech and low-tech.

TRANSPORTATION, LOGISTICS, DISTRIBUTION UPDATE*

  • In 2009, transportation, logistics and distribution (TLD) employed 364,429 workers in New Jersey.  The cluster employed 11.9 percent of the state's private sector workers, a higher percentage than for the nation (8.9%).
  • TLD contributed 48.6 billion dollars to the state's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2009.
  • In 2009, employers in the state's TLD industry cluster paid a total of $22.9 billion in wages.
  • The dense population (1,195 persons per square mile) and higher income level ($50,221 2009 median household income) of New Jersey and the region surrounding it make the Garden State a prime location from which to distribute goods to consumer outlets.
  • Located between New York City and Philadelphia, New Jersey is within a day's drive of 40 percent of the US population who purchase $2 trillion in merchandise yearly.
  • The state offers access to the nation's frieght rail network and the state's commuter rail network and is also home to several key transportation facilities necessary for a strong TLD industry cluster including three major seaports and a large international airport.

*Source:  NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Labor Planning & Analysis, New Jersey Key Industry Clusters (7/20/11) and New Jersey Labor Market Views (4/11/11).

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Transportation industry jobs are separated into six separate career paths:

  • Vehicle Operation, which includes tractor-trailer truck drivers and transit and intercity bus drivers
  • Labor and Skill Trade Work, which includes such occupations as bus and truck diesel mechanics, hand packers and packagers, and electrical and electronics installers and repairers
  • Analytical Work, which includes logistics professionals
  • Safety and Security work, including transit inspectors and transit and railroad police
  • Management and Supervision, which includes storage and distribution managers
  • Administration, which includes office clerks.

Most transportation professionals need a familiarity with computers, and a willingness by workers to continually upgrade their skills. In addition, new requirements and regulations adopted after September 11th mean that transportation employees need to study and understand a matrix of rules that will help to prevent another terrorist attack.