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First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material-Moving Machine and Vehicle Operators
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Description: what do they do?
Directly supervise and coordinate activities of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators and helpers.
Also known as:
Operations Supervisor, Warehouse Supervisor, Fleet Manager, Trainmaster, Dock Supervisor, Street Supervisor, On Car Supervisor, Transportation Supervisor, Driver Manager, Supervisor

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    This description is a quick overview of what workers in this career might do.

    "Also known as" shows other common names for this career.

    What is the source of this information?

    This information comes from an O*NET database. Learn more on the Help page.

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    Transcript: The teams of workers that move masses of earth, sand, equipment, and goods benefit from effective coordination from their supervisors. Material moving supervisors directly oversee the activities of workers who pack moving boxes and move freight and stock by hand, as well as workers who operate trucks and tractors, cranes, forklifts, and other vehicles. These supervisors take work orders and instructions from customers and managers, then break projects down into tasks and assign them to teams of workers to complete. Supervisors handle the hiring and training of employees, and are responsible for keeping their employees safe and productive. Work sites can be hazardous so monitoring the correct use of safety procedures and equipment is crucial. Supervising workers for projects also requires record-keeping, the ability to track both the small details and the big picture, as well as interpersonal skills. Most of these supervisors work 40 hours a week or more. A high school diploma or equivalent is typically required, along with previous experience.
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Outlook: will there be jobs?
Image. Employment outlook for this occupation
New job opportunities are likely in the future.


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    Outlook information can tell you whether a career is expected to be in demand in the future—that is, whether there are likely to be job openings if you choose this career. Careers can have one of three outlooks:

    • A Bright outlook means new job opportunities are very likely in the future
    • An Average outlook means that a small number of new job opportunities are likely in the future (less than an 8 percent increase)
    • A Below Average outlook means new job opportunities are less likely in the future

    You can also view local job listings in this field by clicking "Find job openings" above. This can help you see if local businesses are hiring—another way of looking at demand.

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    This information comes from O*NET Bright Outlook occupations, 2019. Note this information is only available at a national level, so even if you selected a state, you’ll only see this information for the whole country.

Projected employment
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2016 Employment
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2026 Employment
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Percent change
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Annual projected job openings
United States
416,200
2018 Employment
438,300
2028 Employment
5%
Percent change
47,800
Annual projected job openings
You’re seeing projected employment information for First-Line supervisors of transportation and material moving workers, except aircraft cargo handling supervisors because we don’t have information for First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material-Moving Machine and Vehicle Operators.
N/A: We do not have employment projections in this state for this occupation.

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    Projected employment shows how much employment is expected to grow in this occupation over a 10-year period. This can help you decide if this career is a good choice for future job opportunities. You can look at projected employment in your state, or in other states where you might consider living.

    You can see the total number of people employed in this occupation in 2016 (for states) or 2018 (for the United States), the number expected to be employed in 2026 (for states) or 2028 (for the United States), and rate of growth over those years.

    The projections are based on assumptions of unemployment rates and labor productivity growth rates.  While the projected numbers may not be exact, they are helpful to compare one career to another, or one location to another.

    What is the source of this information?

    State-level data come from Projections Central and each state's Labor Market Information office, 2016-26.

    National-level data come from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Projections, 2018-28.

Typical wages

Annual wages for First-line supervisors of transportation and material moving workers, except aircraft cargo handling supervisors* in United States
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* You’re seeing wages for First-line supervisors of transportation and material moving workers, except aircraft cargo handling supervisors because we don’t have information for First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material-Moving Machine and Vehicle Operators.
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LocationUSUnited States
10%N/A$33,280
25%N/A$41,260
MedianN/A$55,600
75%N/A$71,280
90%N/A$87,750


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    Also note that in this update, 21 detailed occupations found within the 2010 Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) were replaced with 10 new aggregations of those occupations; read more about these OES changes.

    You can learn more about wages for this and other occupations by clicking “See more wages” above.

    What is the source of this information?

    The wage information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program, 2018 data. For more detailed state wage data, please find the link to your state's wage data program in the Other Resources box.

Education and experience: to get started
People starting in this career usually have:
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Less than 5 years work experience
  • No on-the-job training

Programs that can prepare you:
You’re seeing education information for First-Line supervisors of transportation and material moving workers, except aircraft cargo handling supervisors because we don’t have information for First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material-Moving Machine and Vehicle Operators. Please note the information may not be the same for both occupations.

    What does this information tell me?

    This shows you the typical level of education, work experience, and on-the-job training that most people have when they start in this career. Note that these are not requirements for entering this field, but the information can help you understand how qualified you might be.

    Interested in starting in this career? You can search for education programs in your local area by clicking “Find local training” above.

    What is the source of this information?

    This information comes from the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Projections, Education and training assignments by detailed occupation, 2018.

Typical education
How much education do most people in this career have?
Chart. Percent of workers in this field by education level attained
You’re seeing education information for First-Line supervisors of transportation and material moving workers, except aircraft cargo handling supervisors because we don’t have information for First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material-Moving Machine and Vehicle Operators. Please note the information may not be the same for both occupations.

    What does this information tell me?

    This chart shows you the range of education levels that people who currently work in this field have. You can use this to see if you fit in this range. Note that this includes ALL people who work in this field and not just those getting started.

    Interested in getting qualified for this career? You can search for programs that lead to the education needed, in your local area, by clicking “Find local training” above.

    What is the source of this information?

    This information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Projections, Educational attainment for workers 25 years and older by detailed occupation, 2016–17.

Certifications: show your skills
Let employers know you have the skills to do well at this job.
Earning a certification can help you:
  • Get a job
  • Get a promotion

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    When you click "Find certifications" you'll see a list of national certifications that are related to this career. From there, you can learn how to achieve one of these certifications to help you enter or get ahead in this field.

    What is the source of this information?

    This collection of occupational certifications is collected and regularly updated by CareerOneStop. Learn more at Certification Finder Help.

Licenses: do you need one?
Some states require an occupational license to work in this career.

    What does this information tell me?

    When you click "Find license details in your state" you'll see the license name and contact information for the agency in your state that oversees licensing for this field. If you have not selected a location, you'll see a list of all state licenses for this occupation.

    What is the source of this information?

    Information on licensed occupations is gathered in each state by Labor Market Information units under a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. Learn more at License Finder Help.

Apprenticeships: learn on the job
Apprenticeships combine paid on-the-job-training with classroom lessons.

Activities: what you might do in a day
  • Direct material handling or moving activities.
  • Plan work operations.
  • Direct passenger or freight transport activities.
  • Review work orders or schedules to determine operations or procedures.
  • Test materials, solutions, or samples.
  • Inspect facilities to ensure compliance with safety, quality, or service standards.
  • Inspect motor vehicles.
  • Resolve issues affecting transportation operations.
  • Monitor work environment to ensure safety or adherence to specifications.
  • Direct emergency management activities.
  • Measure product or material dimensions.
  • Weigh materials to ensure compliance with specifications.
  • Operate vehicles or material-moving equipment.
  • Choose optimal transportation routes or speeds.
  • Verify information or specifications.
  • Explain regulations, policies, or procedures.
  • Record operational or production data.
  • Prepare accident or incident reports.
  • Resolve personnel problems.
  • Install parts, assemblies, or attachments in transportation or material handling equipment.
  • Load shipments, belongings, or materials.
  • Recommend personnel decisions or human resources activities.
  • Arrange maintenance activities.
  • Maintain vehicles in good working condition.
  • Acquire supplies or equipment.

    What does this information tell me?

    This is a list of typical work activities that people in this career might do on the job. You can use this list to get an idea of whether this career might be a good fit for you.

    Click on “More activities” to see more detailed examples of activities for this career.

    You can also use this list to help you prepare for a job interview. Or, if you’ve already held a job like this, you can copy these activities to use on your resume.

    What is the source of this information?

    This information comes from O*NET OnLine's Occupation Information. They are O*NET’s Detailed Work Activities.

Knowledge
People in this career often know a lot about:
  • Transportation - Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
  • 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.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Personnel and Human Resources - Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

    What does this information tell me?

    This is a list of general knowledge areas that are most commonly required for jobs in the career. Knowledge is typically gained through education and related experience.

    This list can help you learn if you are prepared for a job in this career. It can also help you decide on education or training programs that could help you prepare for the career.

    What is the source of this information?

    This information comes from the O*NET Resource Center. Learn more about O*NET's Knowledge descriptors.

Skills
People in this career often have these skills:
  • Active Listening - Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
  • Time Management - Managing your time and the time of other people.
  • Coordination - Changing what is done based on other people's actions.
  • Management of Personnel Resources - Selecting and managing the best workers for a job.
  • Speaking - Talking to others.
  • Critical Thinking - Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
  • Reading Comprehension - Reading work-related information.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Understanding people's reactions.
  • Monitoring - Keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
  • Negotiation - Bringing people together to solve differences.

    What does this information tell me?

    This is a list of a list the work-related skills most commonly required for jobs in the career.

    This list can help you understand how well your current skills fit this career. It can also help you plan your education or professional development.

    What is the source of this information?

    This information comes from the O*NET Resource Center. Learn more about O*NET's Skills descriptors.

Abilities
People in this career often have talent in:
  • Oral Expression - Communicating by speaking.
  • Oral Comprehension - Listening and understanding what people say.
  • Written Comprehension - Reading and understanding what is written.
  • Problem Sensitivity - Noticing when problems happen.
  • Near Vision - Seeing details up close.
  • Deductive Reasoning - Using rules to solve problems.
  • Speech Recognition - Recognizing spoken words.
  • Written Expression - Communicating by writing.
  • Speech Clarity - Speaking clearly.
  • Inductive Reasoning - Making general rules or coming up with answers from lots of detailed information.

    What does this information tell me?

    This is a list of a list of personal qualities that might influence work and are most commonly required for success in this career.

    This list can help you understand if your natural strengths and abilities are a good fit for this career.

    What is the source of this information?

    This information comes from the O*NET Resource Center. Learn more about O*NET's Abilities descriptors.

Interests
  • Conventional - Occupations related to Conventional interests frequently involve following set procedures and routines. They include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
  • Enterprising - Occupations with Enterprising interests frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. Many involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
  • Realistic - Occupations with Realistic interests frequently involve practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.

    What does this information tell me?

    This is a list of work environment-preferences that are most commonly associated with the career. It can help you understand if your natural interests are a good fit for this career.

    Click "Take an interest assessment" for a quick 30-question assessment that can help you understand your interests and see careers that might be good matches for them.

    What is the source of this information?

    This information comes from the O*NET Resource Center. Learn more about O*NET's Interest descriptors.

Typical tasks
  • Enforce safety rules and regulations.
  • Plan work assignments and equipment allocations to meet transportation, operations or production goals.
  • Direct workers in transportation or related services, such as pumping, moving, storing, or loading or unloading of materials or people.
  • Review orders, production schedules, blueprints, or shipping or receiving notices to determine work sequences and material shipping dates, types, volumes, or destinations.
  • Inspect or test materials, stock, vehicles, equipment, or facilities to ensure that they are safe, free of defects, and consistent with specifications.
  • Confer with customers, supervisors, contractors, or other personnel to exchange information or to resolve problems.
  • Monitor field work to ensure proper performance and use of materials.
  • Dispatch personnel and vehicles in response to telephone or radio reports of emergencies.
  • Examine, measure, or weigh cargo or materials to determine specific handling requirements.
  • Drive vehicles or operate machines or equipment to complete work assignments or to assist workers.
  • Plan and establish transportation routes.
  • Maintain or verify records of time, materials, expenditures, or crew activities.
  • Interpret transportation or tariff regulations, shipping orders, safety regulations, or company policies and procedures for workers.
  • Prepare, compile, and submit reports on work activities, operations, production, or work-related accidents.
  • Resolve worker problems or collaborate with employees to assist in problem resolution.
  • Assist workers in tasks, such as coupling railroad cars or loading vehicles.
  • Recommend or implement personnel actions, such as employee selection, evaluation, rewards, or disciplinary actions.
  • Perform or schedule repairs or preventive maintenance of vehicles or other equipment.
  • Explain and demonstrate work tasks to new workers or assign training tasks to experienced workers.
  • Requisition needed personnel, supplies, equipment, parts, or repair services.
  • Recommend and implement measures to improve worker motivation, equipment performance, work methods, or customer services.

    What does this information tell me?

    This is a list of typical tasks that people in this career might do on the job.  You can use this list to get an idea of whether this career might be a good fit for you.

    Click on “More tasks” to see more detailed examples for this career.

    You can also use this list to help you prepare for a job interview. Or, if you’ve already held a job like this, you can copy these tasks to use on your resume.

    What is the source of this information?

    This information comes from O*NET OnLine's Occupation Information. They are O*NET‘s Tasks.

    What does this information tell me?

    These are additional online resources related to this career. You may find different or more detailed information at these sources.

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    This information is collected and maintained by CareerOneStop.