Table 4-3 Employment in Selected Freight Transportation and Freight Transportation-Related Occupations: 2000 and 2008–2011

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Occupation (SOC code) 2000 2008 2009 2010 2011
Vehicle operators, pipeline operators, and primary support 3,158 3,159 2,956 2,818 2,871
Driver/sales worker (53-3031) 374 373 363 372 388
Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer (53-3032) 1,577 1,673 1,551 1,467 1,509
Truck drivers, light or delivery services (53-3033) 1,033 909 835 780 771
Locomotive engineers (53-4011) 29 43 44 41 39
Rail yard engineers, dinkey operators, and hostlers (53-4013) 4 5 5 6 5
Railroad brake, signal, and switch operators (53-4021) 17 25 24 23 24
Railroad conductors and yardmasters (53-4031) 40 40 42 43 44
Sailors and marine oilers (53-5011) 30 32 32 32 31
Captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels (53-5021) 21 31 30 29 30
Ship engineers (53-5031) 7 11 11 9 10
Bridge and lock tenders (53-6011) 5 4 4 3 3
Gas compressor and gas pumping station operators (53-7071) 7 4 4 4 4
Pump operators, except wellhead pumpers (53-7072) 14 9 10 9 12
Transportation equipment manufacturing and maintenance occupations 269 269 254 242 242
Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists (49-3031) 259 249 233 223 223
Rail car repairers (49-3043) 11 21 21 19 19
Transportation infrastructure construction and maintenance occupations 19 24 23 25 25
Rail-track laying and maintenance equipment operators (47-4061) 10 15 15 16 16
Signal and track switch repairers (49-9097) 6 7 6 7 8
Dredge operators (53-7031) 3 2 2 2 2
Secondary support service occupations 1,431 1,346 1,275 1,228 1,221
Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance (43-5032) 167 193 185 181 182
Postal service mail carriers (43-5052) 355 355 339 325 315
Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks (43-5071) 865 761 715 688 688
Transportation inspectors (53-6051) 27 25 24 24 25
Tank car, truck, and ship loaders (53-7121) 17 12 12 10 11

KEY: SOC = Standard Occupational Classification.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wages, 2011, available at www.bls.gov/oes as of July 2012.