Transportation and Distribution

If you're interested in driving a truck, working on a cargo ship or managing exports and imports, a career in transportation and distribution may be right for you. Read on to explore your education and career options in this field.

Inside Transportation and Distribution

Education in fields pertaining to the transportation and distribution industries can lead to a variety of careers in air, rail, water and truck transportation. Truck driving is one of the largest occupations in this field, transporting almost every product sold nationally. Other career possibilities in transportation and distribution include cargo and freight agent, import and export specialist, cargo handler, train engineer, distribution manager and logistics analyst. offers a variety of articles on the educational, career and online training options that are available.

Education and Training Information

Education requirements vary by field and position. Typically, truck drivers are required to complete training courses and earn their commercial driver's license (CDL). Depending on their cargo, they also may need additional training and endorsements. Air, water and rail transportation employees may complete an approved training or degree program, though some employers allow workers to work their way up the ranks with just work experience. Coursework in formal education programs varies by industry; for example, aviation maintenance technology students can expect to take courses such as ground handling, corrosion control and aircraft generators.

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