Industry Spotlight: Transportation & Logistics

Industry Summary

Are you independent, flexible, and responsible? Do you enjoy being on the go? A career in transportation could be the right fit for you! Jobs in transportation involve transporting items across the country and include truck drivers, both of heavy and light trucks.

The following information is intended to help you navigate through your journey toward a career in the transportation industry. Learn how to find the right path for you, and the education you’ll need to follow that path.

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Entry-Level Occupations

Entry occupations require training beyond a high school diploma but less than a college degree. Training for these roles typically requires a non-degree certificate or credential, associate’s degree, or apprenticeship program. If you are interested in pursuing a transportation career, consider the following roles.

Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers:

  • Median Salary: $33,880
  • Annual Projected Openings in Missouri: 2,010

Heavy Truck Driver:

  • Median Salary: $47,800
  • Annual Projected Openings in Missouri: 5,030

Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators:

  • Median Salary: $32,290
  • Annual Projected Openings in Missouri: 980

Salary data obtained from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, St. Louis MSA. 2017 data.

Training Programs


Saint Louis Community College- Truck Driving Training Certificate Program

There is a strong and growing demand for professional truck drivers. STLCC’s Truck Driving program’s comprehensive curriculum provides students with the substantial knowledge and practical skills necessary to become an entry-level over-the-road or local truck driver. Since 2015, STLCC has trained hundreds of students to become safe and responsible drivers. Click here for a full listing of St. Louis Community College Automotive Programs. 

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Next Steps

It’s important to think about your long term plans as you embark on your career in the automotive industry. The recommended RYEC endorsed programs are just the first step in your journey. You can further propel your career by obtaining additional credentials and a bachelor’s degree. Below are some roles that you could consider as long term goals.

Next Occupations: (Typically require an bachelor’s degree or higher)

  • Transportation, Storage, & Distribution Managers
  • Logisticians

Top Regional Employers: 

  • Love’s Travel Stops
  • Ryder System Incorporated
  • Vehicare Fleet Maintenance
  • Republic Services Incorporated
  • Penske

Career Ladder

Here is a sample career ladder you can use to help plan your future.

Current High School Students

Are you looking for opportunities to learn about these jobs while in high school? Reach out to a counselor in your school. Also, check out these resources available: 

If you live or attend school in North St. Louis County- click here

If you live or attend school in South St. Louis County- click here

If you live in St. Louis City- click here

If you live in St. Charles County- click here

If you live in Jefferson County- click here

If you live in Collinsville, Illinois- click here

If you live in East St. Louis- click here