Transportation and Materials Moving jobs handle the transfer of any number of people or things from one place to another, via many different modes of transportation.

Pilots are responsible for safely flying planes, maintaining flight equipment, and keeping in contact with air traffic controllers on the ground. They may work for airlines (and fly large planes with many passengers), or be considered "commercial pilots" and fly smaller planes for charter flights or aerial photography. Some experience pilots may become flight instructors and teach other people how to operate aircraft.

Bus drivers operate high-capacity vehicles and drop off and pick up passengers at designated spots along their root. Bus drivers may work for a city, school district, or private company. While some bus routes, like those within a city neighborhood, may be short, some may take passengers between cities.
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
transport large amounts of cargo across long distances; these routes may take at least several days to complete. Delivery Truck Drivers often have much shorter trips, and handle less cargo. They often pick up packages for delivery at a central distribution location and bring them directly to customers.

Material Moving Machine Operators use a variety of equipment to move objects in different settings, from construction sites to warehouses. Machinery they may use includes cranes, hydraulic booms, excavators, and conveyor systems.

Railworkers have a variety of roles, including Locomotive Engineers, responsible for driving trains, Conductors, who coordinate a train's crew and interact with passengers, Yardmasters, who are responsible for coordinating the operations of a train yard, and Railroad Brake, Signal, or Switch Operators, who monitor and operate equipment necessary for the train to run safely.

Likewise, a variety of jobs are available in the sea transportation industry. Captains are in charge of a boat and its crew; Deck Officers assist the captain and usually have individualized responsibilities (one may be in charge of cargo, another in charge of passengers, etc.), and Deckhands assist with the maintenance of a ship, unload cargo, and assist passengers.
Ships also have Pilots, Engineers, and Oilers who work to steer the ship and keep the relevant equipment in working order.

 Job Title
 Average Annual Income  Projected Job Growth, 2012-22*  Projected Job Openings, 2012-22
Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors $35,280
Commercial Pilots $80,800
Subway and Streetcar Operators $58,880 3,300
Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity $38,750
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers  $40,940 464,700

*Projected Job Growth, 2012-2022 Key

Faster than average
(more than 15%)
(8% to 14%)
Slower than average
(less than 7%)

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