Table 3-24: Employment in Transportation and Transportation-Related Occupations

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SOC code Occupation 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Vehicle operators, pipeline operators, and primary support                            
53-2011 Airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers 88,040 94,820 88,800 78,810 76,940 78,490 76,240 75,810 78,250 77,090 74,420 68,580 68,350 66,270
53-2012 Commercial pilots 18,780 18,040 18,380 19,570 19,940 21,370 24,860 27,120 29,180 31,250 29,180 29,900 31,630 34,990
53-2021 Air traffic controllers 22,620 23,350 22,990 23,410 22,610 22,260 21,590 23,240 24,180 24,260 24,420 23,970 23,580 23,260
53-2022 Airfield operations specialists 4,510 4,580 5,390 5,910 4,670 4,810 4,510 4,760 6,210 8,050 7,670 6,790 6,060 6,990
53-3011 Ambulance drivers and attendants, except emergency medical technicians 13,520 15,700 17,620 17,280 18,420 17,410 18,320 21,100 21,520 21,790 19,570 19,440 18,080 18,540
53-3021 Bus drivers, transit and intercity 160,210 175,470 190,530 197,090 187,900 183,710 183,450 191,120 189,050 184,160 177,510 179,700 176,190 162,840
53-3022 Bus drivers, school 463,860 457,050 469,100 468,790 471,130 475,430 465,880 456,570 461,590 460,100 459,480 467,610 477,400 489,750
53-3031 Driver/sales workers 385,210 373,660 378,220 368,730 397,630 406,910 400,530 396,680 382,360 372,720 363,050 371,670 387,950 394,110
53-3032 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 1,558,400 1,577,070 1,548,480 1,520,880 1,520,740 1,553,370 1,624,740 1,673,950 1,693,590 1,672,580 1,550,930 1,466,740 1,508,620 1,556,510
53-3033 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 1,085,050 1,033,220 996,000 977,920 951,400 938,730 938,280 941,590 922,900 908,960 834,780 780,260 771,210 769,010
53-3041 Taxi drivers and chauffeurs 119,630 130,200 125,860 125,720 131,880 132,650 144,280 154,490 165,590 170,520 167,740 161,940 166,890 167,360
53-4011 Locomotive engineers 19,940 29,390 30,730 28,250 30,070 31,180 37,390 36,870 41,760 42,760 43,560 40,750 38,790 37,060
53-4012 Locomotive firers 890 1,040 730 710 630 620 540 560 580 970 960 1,130 1,670 1,580
53-4013 Rail yard engineers, dinkey operators, and hostlers 5,070 4,020 4,840 4,600 6,020 6,170 6,970 5,820 4,950 5,480 5,360 5,600 5,060 5,170
53-4021 Railroad brake, signal, and switch operators 14,500 16,830 17,070 15,030 15,310 16,410 20,700 22,810 23,120 24,610 24,270 22,760 23,830 24,380
53-4031 Railroad conductors and yardmasters 36,680 40,380 40,910 38,070 35,120 35,720 38,330 37,110 37,540 39,580 41,540 42,700 44,280 42,740
53-4041 Subway and street car operators U 3,190 U 7,250 8,720 8,900 7,430 6,740 6,600 7,430 6,050 6,360 5,920 8,750
53-5011 Sailors and marine oilers 27,200 30,090 28,650 25,360 27,170 27,570 31,090 31,690 32,520 32,420 31,950 31,690 31,280 31,500
53-5021 Captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels 20,660 21,080 22,180 22,530 24,050 25,200 28,570 29,170 30,540 30,600 30,450 29,280 30,220 30,860
53-5022 Motorboat operators 4,000 3,540 3,410 3,600 3,130 2,830 2,700 2,450 3,250 3,380 3,070 2,480 2,550 3,040
53-5031 Ship engineers 6,800 7,370 7,470 8,020 10,230 10,330 13,240 14,190 13,710 11,190 10,850 9,470 10,010 10,760
53-6011 Bridge and lock tenders 6,970 4,790 4,500 3,900 3,490 3,500 3,620 3,700 4,750 4,490 4,290 3,250 3,420 3,460
53-7071 Gas compressor and gas pumping station operators 6,940 6,510 6,070 6,920 5,250 4,680 3,950 3,900 4,230 4,050 4,160 4,040 3,870 4,350
53-7072 Pump operators, except wellhead pumpers 13,480 13,730 12,920 12,360 10,540 9,810 9,970 10,030 10,400 9,280 10,310 9,440 12,150 11,870
Transportation equipment manufacturing and maintenance occupations                            
17-2011 Aerospace engineers 71,790 71,550 74,380 74,210 71,750 73,650 81,100 86,720 85,510 67,800 70,570 78,450 79,400 80,420
17-2121 Marine engineers and naval architects 4,450 4,680 4,860 4,810 6,060 6,620 6,550 7,810 6,620 6,480 5,270 5,720 5,470 6,880
17-3021 Aerospace engineering and operations technicians 17,270 19,850 15,570 14,700 10,650 9,260 9,950 8,280 7,870 8,540 7,940 8,480 9,290 9,750
49-2091 Avionics technicians 15,560 15,360 16,340 21,710 21,020 22,310 22,490 15,360 16,300 18,360 17,960 18,320 17,070 16,810
49-2093 Electrical and electronics installers and repairers, transportation equipment 14,700 15,930 16,650 17,320 17,130 17,390 20,560 20,480 18,160 15,860 13,900 12,830 14,410 15,530
49-2096 Electronic equipment installers and repairers, motor vehicles 14,250 12,480 13,210 15,200 15,070 15,490 17,650 19,510 19,310 19,980 17,090 15,630 13,610 12,590
49-3011 Aircraft mechanics and service technicians 125,970 135,730 135,250 125,850 113,470 112,830 115,120 118,210 118,780 116,310 112,130 117,510 117,320 119,160
49-3021 Automotive body and related repairers 179,960 168,170 168,630 175,370 168,630 162,820 158,160 155,500 152,790 147,200 133,290 129,730 131,040 135,610
49-3022 Automotive glass installers and repairers 20,520 21,240 21,550 19,710 18,040 18,150 17,760 18,650 18,340 18,330 15,920 14,020 13,690 14,780
49-3023 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 587,320 692,570 701,150 687,380 689,630 668,540 654,800 642,360 650,780 649,460 606,990 587,510 589,750 596,830
49-3031 Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 273,320 258,800 254,420 254,470 249,230 251,430 248,280 254,850 250,370 248,620 232,810 222,770 222,940 230,030
49-3043 Rail car repairers 7,230 10,620 11,860 13,520 16,790 18,140 24,270 23,810 23,190 20,780 20,910 19,280 19,480 19,140
49-3051 Motorboat mechanics 18,450 19,040 18,370 18,550 17,990 17,680 18,190 18,550 19,610 19,640 18,180 16,850 16,770 18,380
49-3052 Motorcycle mechanics 11,390 11,720 13,290 13,030 15,000 15,920 16,140 16,700 16,800 16,850 16,070 14,750 15,010 14,950
49-3091 Bicycle repairers 8,080 7,940 7,730 7,000 7,560 7,750 7,980 8,350 9,130 9,690 9,290 9,530 9,950 10,490
49-3092 Recreational vehicle service technicians 13,100 12,200 11,830 12,490 12,520 12,340 13,540 13,560 14,030 13,400 10,860 9,540 10,110 10,970
49-3093 Tire repairers and changers 99,880 88,530 86,200 81,560 85,030 87,110 100,860 103,120 100,510 98,520 92,440 94,120 94,740 96,880
51-2011 Aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers 18,070 32,680 33,620 25,690 19,830 18,710 22,820 27,680 34,410 43,330 39,870 36,320 36,570 41,180
51-9122 Painters, transportation equipment 45,920 43,270 44,090 45,670 47,390 49,810 52,650 52,170 51,260 50,310 46,810 43,300 44,730 46,290
51-9197 Tire builders 16,680 15,790 13,410 13,020 16,400 17,960 19,860 23,210 20,530 21,740 17,820 15,020 16,690 17,360
53-6031 Automotive and Watercraft Service Attendants 109,050 106,010 107,650 102,550 96,450 90,640 96,340 94,780 93,140 84,480 79,480 86,440 102,090 108,510
53-7061 Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 302,380 301,330 304,500 311,070 321,630 330,520 333,350 334,560 336,210 330,850 298,500 288,110 290,780 302,960
Transportation Infrastructure construction and maintenance occupations                            
47-2071 Paving, surfacing, and tamping equipment operators 58,410 56,330 57,880 58,760 60,210 61,860 63,220 63,090 63,850 61,230 54,850 51,830 54,120 54,460
47-4051 Highway maintenance workers 139,540 145,790 148,390 146,290 139,810 136,550 140,600 138,670 137,140 136,420 139,490 142,530 143,760 141,180
47-4061 Rail-track laying and maintenance equipment operators 8,620 9,940 11,680 10,450 12,120 10,430 13,510 13,680 14,050 15,020 14,880 15,520 15,590 16,870
49-9097 Signal and track switch repairers 3,720 5,540 8,550 7,990 7,600 7,780 6,100 5,980 6,090 6,570 6,450 7,400 8,300 8,600
53-7031 Dredge operators 1,910 3,100 2,920 2,850 2,190 1,730 1,720 1,780 1,910 1,910 1,990 1,720 1,590 1,740
Secondary Support Service Occupations                            
13-1032 Insurance appraisers, auto damage 19,310 12,320 12,110 13,270 11,260 12,520 12,900 12,630 12,150 11,280 10,960 10,280 10,950 11,770
33-3041 Parking enforcement workers 7,660 8,040 9,160 10,180 9,690 9,990 10,140 10,090 9,910 9,530 9,670 9,430 9,310 9,210
33-3052 Transit and railroad police 4,590 5,760 6,750 6,010 4,790 4,610 5,090 5,320 5,530 3,830 3,930 3,540 3,890 4,140
33-9091 Crossing guards 68,310 72,830 69,990 73,020 68,910 70,180 69,390 67,750 67,570 68,530 68,470 68,740 68,520 70,390
39-7012 Travel guides 4,180 5,200 5,480 4,960 5,240 4,140 3,120 3,220 3,520 4,510 4,270 3,620 4,110 4,210
53-2031 Flight attendants 123,310 126,380 115,750 104,360 99,910 101,980 99,590 96,760 97,010 99,480 95,810 88,020 87,190 84,960
53-6061 Transportation attendants, except flight attendants and baggage porters 22,780 23,550 25,910 26,580 28,440 27,730 24,810 20,790 20,690 21,870 22,450 25,150 27,040 23,790
41-3041 Travel agents 111,130 124,030 111,310 104,550 98,410 90,500 88,590 87,600 85,580 86,420 76,990 70,930 67,490 64,680
43-4181 Reservation and transportation ticket agents and travel clerks 222,340 199,700 183,280 174,170 156,140 159,910 160,120 157,650 167,390 163,880 142,500 121,250 126,790 135,930
43-5021 Couriers and messengers 134,370 130,210 121,670 120,900 117,460 111,700 106,520 105,070 100,820 96,110 93,460 85,620 83,250 76,830
43-5032 Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance 171,560 167,180 170,050 168,380 161,570 165,910 172,550 185,410 190,190 193,210 185,100 180,540 182,310 184,890
43-5052 Postal service mail carriers 352,550 354,980 355,120 347,420 344,090 344,050 347,180 346,990 348,070 354,570 339,030 324,990 315,330 305,490
43-5071 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 886,230 864,530 802,600 792,470 757,750 747,270 759,910 763,350 755,790 760,950 715,130 687,850 687,940 690,780
53-6021 Parking lot attendants 109,340 116,930 109,930 108,460 109,890 120,080 124,250 131,870 131,860 136,470 129,990 124,590 126,160 126,520
53-6041 Traffic technicians 5,000 4,590 5,090 5,370 5,980 6,240 6,990 6,560 6,550 7,030 6,570 6,730 6,280 6,340
53-6051 Transportation inspectors 22,440 26,520 27,670 28,340 23,860 24,140 25,570 23,790 24,130 24,940 24,250 24,280 24,810 24,310
53-7081 Refuse and recyclable material collectors 135,320 118,910 125,600 132,290 137,510 139,920 133,930 125,770 126,270 129,080 128,940 126,360 123,160 117,670
53-7121 Tank car, truck, and ship loaders 20,830 17,480 19,430 16,960 15,910 16,530 15,950 15,360 14,870 12,330 11,560 10,390 10,960 12,390
Other                            
11-3071 Transportation, storage, and distribution managers 123,450 116,680 108,590 107,400 90,940 88,100 84,870 89,010 92,790 96,300 92,380 90,280 92,150 98,600
53-1011 Aircraft cargo handling supervisors 8,090 9,960 9,070 8,920 8,580 7,460 6,210 5,620 4,690 4,950 5,370 6,160 6,710 6,720
53-1021 First-line supervisors/managers of helpers, laborers, and material movers, hand 138,210 146,790 147,490 147,180 159,780 169,860 176,030 178,820 184,400 186,230 174,540 166,360 166,560 168,910
53-1031 First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators 175,260 186,710 197,430 207,280 211,960 222,590 221,520 220,570 223,710 218,480 205,780 196,420 198,690 197,300

KEY: SOC = Standard Occupational Classification; U = data are unavailable.

NOTES

Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) uses a mail survey to measure employment levels and wage rates for all full- and part-time wage and salary workers in nonfarm establishments. The survey does not include self-employed owners and partners in unincorporated firms, household workers, or unpaid family workers. In 1999, OES began using the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system to organize occupational data. Consequently, estimates from 1999 and subsequent years are not directly comparable to previous occupational estimates. The SOC is being adopted by all federal agencies and consists of 821 detailed occupations, grouped into 449 board occupations, 96 minor groups, and 23 major groups.

A broad definition of transportation and transportation-related occupations is used in this table based on Sen, B. and M. Rossetti, "A Complete Count of the U.S. Transportation Workforce," Transportation Research Record 1719: 2000, pp 259-266. Some occupational categories may include workers not engaged in transportation or transportation-related activities. For example, the category "first-line supervisors/managers" (53-1021 and 53-1031) may include workers in material moving occupations along with transportation occupations. Moreover, some workers engaged in transportation and transportation-related activities may be excluded. For example, "baggage porters and bellhops" is not included in this table because it is believed that a large share of workers in this category work in hotels or similar establishments.

In 2010, the standard occupational classification code for Travel guides, Flight attendants and Transportation attendants, Except flight attendants and baggage are changed to 39-7012, 53-2031 and 53-6061 respectively.

SOURCE

U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wages (Washington, DC: Annual Issues), available at http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_nat.htm as of Jul. 17, 2013.