Transportation Analyst

Transportation Analyst Role Offers a Range of Responsibilities and Job Options

When a person mentions that they work in transportation, there might be an immediate association with employment in the trucking industry, either as a driver or the owner of a freight shipment service.  Since many people still use the term ‘transport truck’ in their everyday vocabulary, it is conceivable that they can arrive at this conclusion/perception.

However, there are many types transport-related roles in the commercial and industrial sector that are perhaps less apparent than a truck owner/operator but clearly play a vital role in ensuring that products/merchandise are delivered safely and efficiently within the supply chain process.  By simple definition, a supply chain is the supply-and-demand network that includes all steps needed to deliver a product or service from a supplier to a consumer.

One of the critically important roles in effectively managing a supply chain network is the position of transportation analyst.  From an overall perspective, the fundamental role of a transportation analyst is to develop, manage, and evaluate solutions in transportation systems; efforts are devoted to influencing improvements with respect to:

  • Safety/security
  • Cost-efficiencies
  • Time-efficiencies
  • Environmental impact

Employment opportunities for a transportation analyst span a wide range of industries; a cross-section of such sectors within and outside Toronto and the GTA would include:

  • Retail distribution
  • Food and beverage
  • Public transportation
  • Energy/natural resources
  • Electronics manufacturing
  • Rail/ground transportation
  • Health care/pharmaceuticals

Depending on the chosen field or industry, the responsibilities of a transportation analyst within that respective supply chain network could include any/some of the following:

  • Evaluating the efficiency and safety of public transit
  • Analyzing data on daily traffic patterns and volumes
  • Monitoring the movement of goods via GPS tracking
  • Assessing options to identify optimal shipping methods
  • Examining intermodal (rail, ground, cargo ship) routing
  • Maintaining knowledge of cross-border shipping policies
  • Designing contingency routes for weather/traffic delays
  • Studying the effects of transportation options on air quality
  • Interpreting data to help make decisions on future projects

In terms of education, a background in mathematics or computer programming would be an advantage in the role of transportation analyst, along with a post-secondary degree in civil engineering or transportation.  Proficiencies in organizational skills, communication, and project management would also be assets.

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From a career outlook perspective, it has been estimated that employment opportunities for operations research analysts, which includes transportation analysts, will experience double-digit growth over the 10-year period ending in 2022.  Much of this is attributable to advances in technology and their applications in maximizing time and cost efficiency.

Individuals with an interest in pursuing employment as a transportation analyst would be well advised to align their search efforts with a placement specialist at Winters Technical Staffing, a leading staffing agency in Toronto and the GTA for more than 40 years.

The professional consultants at Winters Technical Staffing have considerable experience in working with employers who require skilled transportation analysts for their respective supply chain networks, and can therefore confidently advise/direct job seekers in their efforts to secure such a position.  As a consequence, transportation analyst candidates will find several benefits in their collaboration with Winters Technical Staffing, including:

  • Focused/targeted job search efforts
  • Access to non-advertised job postings
  • Knowledge of possible entry-level opportunities
  • Understanding of specific employer needs and fit
  • Insight on starting compensation and growth potential

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For professional advice and support in your search for employment as a transportation analyst, call the supply chain industry experts from Winters Technical Staffing today at 1-877-495-7422 to request your complimentary consultation.