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Working As A Transportation Planner

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Make Decisions

  • $69,468

    Average Salary

What Does A Transportation Planner Do

Logisticians analyze and coordinate an organization’s supply chain—the system that moves a product from supplier to consumer. They manage the entire life cycle of a product, which includes how a product is acquired, distributed, allocated, and delivered.

Duties

Logisticians typically do the following:

  • Manage the logistical aspects of a product’s life cycle from design to disposal
  • Direct the allocation of materials, supplies, and products
  • Develop business relationships with suppliers and clients
  • Understand clients’ needs and know how to meet them
  • Design strategies to minimize the cost or time required to transport goods
  • Review logistical functions and identify areas for improvement
  • Propose improvements to management and customers

Logisticians oversee activities that include purchasing, transportation, inventory, and warehousing. They may direct the movement of a range of goods, people, or supplies, from common consumer goods to military supplies and personnel.

Logisticians use software systems to plan and track the movement of products. They operate software programs designed specifically to manage logistical functions, such as procurement, inventory management, and other supply chain planning and management systems.

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How To Become A Transportation Planner

A bachelor’s degree is typically required for most positions, although an associate’s degree may be sufficient for some logistician jobs. Industry certification and work experience in a related field is helpful for jobseekers.

Education

Logisticians may qualify for some positions with an associate’s degree. However, as logistics becomes increasingly complex, more companies prefer to hire workers who have at least a bachelor’s degree. Many logisticians have a bachelor’s degree in business, systems engineering, or supply chain management.

Bachelor’s degree programs often include coursework in operations and database management, and system dynamics. In addition, most programs offer courses that train students on software and technologies commonly used by logisticians, such as radio-frequency identification (RFID).

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Although not required, certification can demonstrate professional competence and a broad knowledge of logistics. Logisticians can obtain certification through APICS or the International Society of Logistics (SOLE). To become certified, a logistician typically needs to have a certain amount of education and work experience and to pass an exam.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Prospective logisticians can benefit from previous work experience in a field related to logistics or business. Others gain work experience while serving in the military. Experience allows a worker to learn about products and supply chain processes. Some employers allow applicants to substitute several years of work experience for a degree.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Logisticians need strong communication skills in order to collaborate with colleagues and do business with suppliers and customers.

Critical-thinking skills. Logisticians must develop, adjust, and carry out logistical plans. They often must find ways to reduce costs and improve efficiency.

Organizational skills. Logisticians must be able to perform several tasks at one time, keep detailed records, and simultaneously manage several projects in a fast-paced environment.

Problem-solving skills. Logisticians must handle unforeseen issues, such as delivery problems, and adjust plans as needed to resolve the issues.

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Transportation Planner Career Paths

Transportation Planner
Office Manager Branch Manager
Assistant Vice President
7 Yearsyrs
Planner Planning Manager Project Manager
Construction Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Logistics Manager Purchasing Manager
Director Of Purchasing
10 Yearsyrs
Planning Manager Product Manager Purchasing Manager
Director, Procurement
13 Yearsyrs
Transportation Analyst Transportation Manager Operations Manager
Distribution Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Program Manager General Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Transportation Analyst Logistics Analyst Logistics Manager
Logistics Director
10 Yearsyrs
Planner Project Manager Program Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Planner Project Manager Construction Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Transportation Manager Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Operations Director
President Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Planning Manager Material Manager Purchasing Manager
Procurement Officer
6 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Consultant Senior Consultant
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Transportation Supervisor Transportation Manager Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Transportation Supervisor Logistics Manager Operations Manager
Regional Operation Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Account Manager Sales Manager
Sales And Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Transportation Manager General Manager Account Manager
Senior Account Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Logistics Manager Operations Manager
Senior Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Planner Planning Manager Senior Manager
Vice President, Business Development
13 Yearsyrs
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Transportation Planner Demographics

Gender

Male

57.7%

Female

40.0%

Unknown

2.3%
Ethnicity

White

80.9%

Hispanic or Latino

9.8%

Asian

7.4%

Unknown

1.4%

Black or African American

0.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

41.7%

Carrier

12.5%

French

8.3%

Chinese

4.2%

Mandarin

4.2%

German

4.2%

Polish

4.2%

Swedish

2.1%

Danish

2.1%

Urdu

2.1%

Hebrew

2.1%

Norwegian

2.1%

Belarusian

2.1%

Russian

2.1%

Arabic

2.1%

Cantonese

2.1%

Italian

2.1%
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Transportation Planner Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

10.9%

University of Washington

7.0%

Pennsylvania State University

6.2%

Iowa State University

6.2%

University of Wisconsin - Green Bay

6.2%

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College

6.2%

Michigan State University

6.2%

University of Iowa

5.4%

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

5.4%

Portland State University

5.4%

Western Illinois University

3.9%

Virginia Commonwealth University

3.9%

Florida State University

3.9%

Texas A&M University

3.9%

Northern Illinois University

3.9%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.1%

Eastern Michigan University

3.1%

Auburn University

3.1%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

3.1%

San Francisco State University

3.1%
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Majors

Business

28.8%

Urban Planning

17.8%

Geography

8.4%

Supply Chain Management

6.7%

Civil Engineering

5.8%

Management

5.2%

Public Administration

4.5%

Political Science

2.6%

Environmental Science

2.4%

Accounting

2.4%

Urban Studies

1.9%

Communication

1.9%

History

1.9%

Project Management

1.5%

Finance

1.5%

Computer Information Systems

1.5%

Computer Science

1.3%

Education

1.3%

Liberal Arts

1.3%

Psychology

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

38.7%

Masters

37.4%

Other

11.6%

Associate

6.0%

Certificate

4.0%

Doctorate

1.9%

Diploma

0.4%
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Real Transportation Planner Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Transportation Planner STV Incorporated New York, NY Sep 30, 2016 $117,874
Transportation Planner STV Incorporated Newark, NJ Jul 15, 2014 $109,484
Transportation Planner STV, Inc. New York, NY Oct 01, 2013 $104,270
Lead Transportation Planner Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc. San Francisco, CA Dec 21, 2015 $103,854
Planner, Transportation Aecom Technical Services, Inc. Oakland, CA Sep 14, 2013 $100,000 -
$150,000
Transportation Planner HDR Engineering, Inc. Bellevue, WA Aug 19, 2016 $95,930
SR. Transportation Planner H.W. Lochner, Inc. Tampa, FL Oct 01, 2014 $93,350
SR. Transportation Planner Iteris, Inc. Santa Ana, CA Jan 10, 2016 $90,501
Senior Transportation Planner The Mobility Group Irvine, CA Sep 15, 2016 $90,304
Transportation Planner Kittelson & Associates, Inc. Sacramento, CA Aug 06, 2015 $90,291
Transportation Planner II Iteris, Inc. Santa Ana, CA Nov 24, 2016 $85,554
Transportation Planner HDR Engineering, Inc. Bellevue, WA Aug 19, 2013 $85,280
Transportation Planner Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc. San Francisco, CA Mar 09, 2016 $84,032
Transportation Planner ARUP North America, Ltd. San Francisco, CA Apr 01, 2016 $84,000
Transportation Planner HDR Engineering, Inc. Orlando, FL Sep 15, 2013 $70,970
Senior Transportation Planner California Department of Transportation Sacramento, CA Apr 25, 2016 $69,960 -
$86,940
Transportation Planner II City of Charlotte Charlotte, NC Oct 02, 2014 $69,482
Transportation Planner/Statistician The Louis Berger Group New York, NY Aug 10, 2015 $69,140
Transportation Planner Aecom Technical Services, Inc. Oakland, CA Aug 26, 2013 $68,922 -
$95,000
Transportation Planner Kittelson & Associates, Inc. Sacramento, CA Jan 21, 2015 $68,767
Transportation Planner I HDR Engineering, Inc. Walnut Creek, CA Apr 04, 2016 $68,640
Engineer and Transportation Planner Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc. Washington, DC Dec 02, 2013 $68,000
Graduate Transportation Planner OVE ARUP & Partners PC New York, NY Aug 26, 2016 $61,956
Transportation Planner/Traffic Engineer O. R. George & Associates, Inc. Lanham, MD Sep 01, 2015 $60,000
Transportation Planner Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc. Albuquerque, NM Sep 15, 2013 $59,987
Transportation Planner I Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation AUT Los Angeles, CA Sep 03, 2013 $59,812 -
$71,775
Transportation Planner Aecom Technical Services, Inc. New York, NY Sep 05, 2015 $58,635 -
$60,000
Transportation Planner AKRF Inc. New York, NY Aug 31, 2016 $58,302
Transportation Planner LSA Associates, Inc. Riverside, CA Sep 15, 2016 $58,261

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Top Skills for A Transportation Planner

MetropolitanTransportationPlanCarriersGISCustomerServiceLogisticsCorridorStudiesSafeRoutesPolicyLTLTransportationImprovementTransportationPlanningProjectsMPORegionalTransportationDataCollectionDistributionCentersTravelDemandProjectManagementIntermodalPublicMeetingsPublicInvolvement

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Top Transportation Planner Skills

  1. Metropolitan Transportation Plan
  2. Carriers
  3. GIS
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assisted co workers in the creation of the federally mandated Metropolitan Transportation Plan, and Transportation Improvement Plan.
  • Initiated direct communication with client and carriers ensuring alignment with final shipment expectations.
  • Consulted senior leadership on department movement operations and made recommendations to increase efficiency and decrease logistical errors
  • Interfaced with distribution centers, plants, carriers, customer service, and various levels of management daily.
  • Planned and coordinated transportation and logistics for US Army Special Operations Forces deployed in Korean Theater of Operations.

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