Transportation & Logistics

For the New Orleans region, transportation and logistics is primarily about moving goods by truck, water, and rail. The Port of New Orleans is the largest port in the U.S. in terms of tonnage and is one of only two US cities with six Class A railroads. Employment should only increase with the widening of the Panama Canal. Safety and security is one of the highest priorities in the transportation industry and in the nation. Many jobs, especially in airports, require background checks and drug testing. Some jobs require you to be licensed to operate a vehicle. Licensed jobs include airplane pilots and ship captains. Accessing the port requires that workers obtain a Transportation Worker Identification Card (TWIC), which is issued by the Department of Homeland Security. Certain types of past criminal convictions will disqualify TWIC card applicants.

In transportation and logistics jobs, people are scheduled to work at all hours of the day. Most jobs require you to work a day or night shift – and sometimes even holidays and weekends. Many require a driver’s license, even if the job doesn’t involve driving. The globalized nature of today’s economy means that manufacturers are sourcing and shipping materials and components from multiple locations around the world. Companies have become more efficient and only source parts on a short-term basis using “just-in-time” warehouses. As a result, supply chains have become more complex and spawned a new highly technical field known as supply chain management.

At a Glance

  • 3.7% 2017-2027 NEW JOB GROWTH
  • $22.76/HR AVERAGE WAGES*

*Note: Due to data limitations, occupational groups with less than 10 jobs are not included in these figures.

Source: GNO, Inc. analysis of Emsi 2018.2 data

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Workforce Demographics

The transportation and logistics sector in the region is unique in that it benefits from being more racially diverse than the industry at the national level. The industry in the region is made up of 43% minorities, while the industry at the national level is comprised of 39% minorities. Although the industry in the region benefits from a racially diverse workforce, Greater New Orleans has a lower percentage of females occupying jobs in the industry when compared nationally. The low level of gender diversity offers an opportunity in our region to increase greater awareness of the industry among women throughout our region.

As of 2017, nearly a quarter of the transportation and logistics sector jobs are occupied by those 55 years or older, meaning that over the next decade these workers will be prime for retirement. Ensuring that the workforce entering the industry has the proper skills and training to fill the retirement gaps is essential in ensuring the sector is able to continue its upward growth.

Distribution of Skills

Although the transportation and logistics sector in the region trends more towards basic- and middle-skilled jobs than the region as a whole, the industry follows the national trend in which a majority of the jobs in the industry are made up of basic- and middle-skill jobs. These low barriers to entry, coupled with annual wages over $6,500 above the regional average, offer a significant opportunity for wealth creation in our region.

What are middle- and high-skill jobs?

We define middle-skill jobs as those that generally require some education or training beyond a high school diploma but less than a bachelor’s degree. These postsecondary education and training requirements can include an associate’s degree, industry recognized credentials, on-the-job training, previous work experiences, or generally “some college” but less than a bachelor’s degree. High-skill jobs require a bachelor’s degree or higher. Basic jobs require no formal education, or a high school diploma with no training requirements.

Although the educational barrier to entry for basic-skill jobs is low, this is not to say these occupations do not require skills to enter the workforce.

  • Over the Next Decade, Middle-Skill Jobs in the Transportation and Logistics Sector Will Grow by 4.2%
  • $28.67: Average Median Hourly Salary for a High-Skill Job in the Industry

Transportation & Logistics Top High-Skill Jobs

DescriptionEmployed in Industry Group (2018)Change (2018 - 2028)% of Total Jobs in Industry Group (2018)Median Hourly EarningsTypical Entry Level Education
General and Operations Managers29681.2%$42.42Bachelor's degree
Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers5580.2%$46.33Bachelor's degree
Financial Managers2960.1%$43.59Bachelor's degree
Engineers, All Other2550.1%$42.29Bachelor's degree
Managers, All Other6840.3%$37.86Bachelor's degree

Transportation & Logistics Top Middle-Skill Jobs

DescriptionEmployed in Industry Group (2018)Change (2018 - 2028)% of Total Jobs in Industry Group (2018)Median Hourly EarningsTypical Entry Level Education
Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels2,3713069.3%$40.86Postsecondary nondegree award
Bus Drivers, School or Special Client4981532.0%$12.27High school diploma or equivalent
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers985983.9%$15.54High school diploma or equivalent
Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity251741.0%$17.55High school diploma or equivalent
Riggers293401.2%$22.82High school diploma or equivalent
Ship Engineers288381.1%$37.64Postsecondary nondegree award
Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians227320.9%$30.18Postsecondary nondegree award
First-line Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers, Except Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors835223.3%$24.57High school diploma or equivalent
Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists314201.2%$20.56High school diploma or equivalent
Transportation Workers, All Other240200.9%$10.38High school diploma or equivalent