Transportation Supervisor

Occupation Information table
Overview: Dispatchers manage shipping services for customers who must deliver merchandise by air, rail and trucks. They negotiate prices, packing and schedules and write up the contracts. They help customers decide upon the most economical means based on target dates and merchandise fragility.
Duties: They sell and approve freight services for industrial and commercial firms and passenger-travel services for travel agents, schools, professional associations and sports teams.

Confer with prospective customers to explain advantages of using their company's facilities. Quote tariffs, rates and schedules and describe available routes, load methods and limits, etc.

They call upon customer groups such as travel groups and social clubs to stimulate interest in travel on the routes covered by the shipping company. They distribute promotional materials.

They negotiate contracts with customers and advise customers on methods used by the company to crate, pack, load and handle freight. They quote insurance terms to cover damage.

Degree(s): A.A.S. Management: Marketing Concentration 
A.S. Business Administration (Accounting and Marketing) 
Job Outlook: Employment in this field is projected to grow 2% to 4% from 2018 to 2028, which is slightly slower than the average projected growth for all occupations.
Salary Range (National Average): $30,000 to $40,000
Green: Green Career
Education Level: Training for this occupation generally requires an Associate Degree from a 2 year or community college.
Additional Training/Education: An associate degree or a bachelor's in business administration or management is the usual training for this occupation. Courses in operations research, statistics and especially computer applications are essential. A master's degree is sometimes required for traffic managers employed in major freight shipping and passenger travel companies.
Recommended Skills:
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Having a routine job where the duties are very predictable and not likely to change over a long period of time.

* National data collected by the Department of Labor in 2014 with projections through 2024. For New York green job information .

* For New York salary data information .

* For New York green job information .

Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.