Transportation

Interested in a career in the transportation field? Federal positions in transportation include traffic managers, highway safety specialists, air traffic controllers and air navigators.

For example, air traffic controllers at the Federal Aviation Administration coordinate the safe takeoff and landing of aircrafts. Fire logistics dispatchers with the Forest Service play a vital role in containing and eliminating forest fires. These two highlight only a few of the numerous federal job opportunities in the transportation field.


Top Agencies with Employees in Transportation# of Current Employees
Department of Transportation27,349
Department of the Air Force6,116
Department of the Army4,148
Department of the Navy2,002
Department of Defense677
Department of Veterans Affairs522
General Services Administration449
Department of Homeland Security403
Department of Agriculture329
Department of Health and Human Services65

Percentage of Employees in Transportation Positions% of Current Employees
Department of Transportation51%
National Transportation Safety Board9%
Federal Maritime Commission7%
General Services Administration4%
Department of the Air Force4%
Department of the Army2%
Department of the Navy1%
Corporation for National and Community Service1%
Department of Defense1%
Department of Interior1%

Top Positions in Transportation# of Current Employees
Air Traffic Control20,366
Transportation Specialist8,410
Aircraft Operation3,033
Transportation Clerk and Assistant2,544
Transportation Operations1,826
Traffic Management1,661
Dispatching1,214
Aircrew Technician871
Technical Systems Program Manager501
Motor Carrier Safety465

Top Positions by RegionPercentage
South Atlantic24.0%
Pacific West17.0%
East North Central11.9%
West South Central12.0%
Mountain West9.7%
Mid-Atlantic7.2%
West North Central6.7%
East South Central5.9%
Northeast3.7%
Positions Overseas0.99%
Job Series Codes

You can search USAJOBS.gov using keywords or the job series code, a four-digit number corresponding to a government job category. The most common transportation job series codes are listed below.

2101: Transportation Specialist

2130: Traffic Management

2150: Transportation Operations

2152: Air Traffic Controller

2181: Aircraft Operation

Did You Know?

Nearly a quarter of transportation employees work in the South Atlantic region

The Department of the Army has the highest number of transportation employees abroad

Sample Positions

Job Title: Transportation Program Analyst (2101)
Agency: Federal Transit Administration 
Salary Range: $53,435 to $100,736/year 

As a transportation program analyst, you will:

  • Provide accurate and timely interpretation and application of applicable transportation laws and policies for FTA grants and cooperative agreements to Headquarters (HQ), regional staff and all other stakeholders
  • Recommend statutory, regulatory, procedural and administrative changes that would affect the grant programs and coordinate with other FTA staff, regional offices and other federal agencies on government-wide initiatives in the development, dissemination and implementation of grant guidance

Job Title: Air Traffic Control Specialist (2152)
Agency: Army National Guard Units (Title 32) 
Salary Range: $55,231 to $71,802/Year 

As an airplane flight instructor, you will: 

  • Administer, schedule, and conduct training to develop, upgrade and evaluate the skills of assigned personnel. As required by the position of assignment, you will maintain qualifications in and perform duties as a mission crewmember in one or more of the following surveillance specialties as appropriate: Air Surveillance Technician (AST), Data Systems Technician (DST), Interface Control Technician (ICT), Electronic Protection Technician (EPT) and Surveillance Technician (ST). This position requires paramount knowledge of TACS techniques and procedures