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Table 5-5 Employment in Select Freight Transportation-Related Occupations: 2000, 2010, 2013, and 2014

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Occupation (SOC code) 2000 2010 2013 2014
Vehicle operators, pipeline operators, and primary support        
Driver/sales worker (53-3031) 373,660 371,670 396,470 405,810
Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer (53-3032) 1,577,070 1,466,740 1,585,300 1,625,290
Truck drivers, light or delivery services (53-3033) 1,033,220 780,260 776,930 797,010
Locomotive engineers (53-4011) 29,390 40,750 36,860 38,470
Rail yard engineers, dinkey operators, and hostlers (53-4013) 4,020 5,600 5,140 3,900
Railroad brake, signal, and switch operators (53-4021) 16,830 22,760 23,950 21,060
Railroad conductors and yardmasters (53-4031) 40,380 42,700 43,100 42,900
Sailors and marine oilers (53-5011) 30,090 31,690 28,810 27,640
Captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels (53-5021) 21,080 29,280 30,290 30,690
Ship engineers (53-5031) 7,370 9,470 9,930 10,060
Bridge and lock tenders (53-6011) 4,790 3,250 3,170 3,280
Gas compressor and gas pumping station operators (53-7071) 6,510 4,040 4,520 4,700
Pump operators, except wellhead pumpers (53-7072) 13,730 9,440 13,170 12,170
Transportation equipment manufacturing and maintenance occupations        
Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists (49-3031) 258,800 222,770 238,150 243,080
Rail car repairers (49-3043) 10,620 19,280 19,290 20,080
Transportation Infrastructure construction and maintenance occupations        
Rail-track laying and maintenance equipment operators (47-4061) 9,940 15,520 15,590 14,820
Signal and track switch repairers (49-9097) 5,540 7,400 7,960 7,880
Dredge operators (53-7031) 3,100 1,720 1,750 1,900
Secondary support service occupations        
Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance (43-5032) 167,180 180,540 185,270 190,330
Postal service mail carriers (43-5052) 354,980 324,990 307,490 307,490
Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks (43-5071) 864,530 687,850 677,450 661,530
Transportation inspectors (53-6051) 26,520 24,280 23,970 24,350
Tank car, truck, and ship loaders (53-7121) 17,480 10,390 12,560 12,490

KEY: SOC = Standard Occupational Classification.

NOTE: Data are for May of each year.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Occupational Employment and Wages, available at www.bls.gov/oes as of July 2015.

Updated: Saturday, May 20, 2017