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Traffic Administrator (Freight & Passenger)

Overview: Traffic administrators manage the rates charged by transportation companies for transporting passengers or freight. They determine the rates and tariffs based on statistical analysis of the cost of equipment, fuel, operations and labor. They set prices based on competition and profit.
Duties: They decide upon company freight and passenger classes, rates and fares charged for the purpose of enhancing revenues and profits. Monitor company operations to determine when changes are needed.

They decide upon accounting procedures needed to describe and summarize expenses such as equipment purchase and maintenance, fuel and labor, as well as the revenues earned and due.

They testify before government regulatory agencies to present company's position and to justify the tariffs charged customers and the routes serviced.

Consult and negotiate with executives from other transportation companies to arrange for agreements to transfer passengers or freight from one company's vehicle to the other.

Degree(s): A.A.S. Management: Marketing Concentration 
A.A.S. Management: Real Estate-Insurance Concentration 
A.S. Business Administration (Accounting and Marketing) 
Job Outlook: Employment of traffic administrators (freight and passengers) is expected to grow faster than average through 2018. Growth will be spurred by increase in airline and rail travel as well as need to move goods as economically as possible.
Salary Range (National Average): $30,000 to $37,000
Education Level: Training for this occupation generally requires an Associate Degree from a 2 year or community college.
Additional Training/Education: An associate or bachelor's degree in business administration or management is the usual educational background for this field. Courses in operations research, statistics and especially computer applications are essential. A master's degree is sometimes required for traffic managers employed in major freight shipping and passenger travel companies.
Recommended Skills:
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Determining how much money is required to get a job done, allocating those monies, and then accounting for all expenditures.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • Using mathematics and/or statistics to solve problems.
  • Bringing people together to discuss and resolve differences.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Being aware of the reactions of others, and understanding why they react the way they do.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Having a routine job where the duties are very predictable and not likely to change over a long period of time.
  • Being able to decide on how to get something done without significant direction from someone else.

* National data collected by the Department of Labor between 2008-2012.
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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.