Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

About This Cluster

A career in the Transportation, Distribution & Logistics cluster could be perfect for a person who is up for a physical challenge. It is an industry that is looking for people that possess the required hands-on skills. The fields of Transportation, Distribution & Logistics is considered to be tough, but at the same time it is also a rewarding one. The prospects of growth for a worker in this industry are very good compared to other career options.

Jobs in Transportation, Distribution & Logistics come with a variety of different working conditions; from simple working on cars in garage, to being on the road delivering materials for up to 4 weeks at a time, or sailing down the St Lawrence Seaway captaining a cargo ship. While projects can pause for inclement weather, you will need to be willing to work in heat, cold, rain, and just about everything else Mother Nature can throw at you. In return, you get a rewarding career that offers incredible variety, and provides plenty of opportunities to pursue the specialties that interest you.

Helpful Traits

  1. Problem-Solving and Critical Thinking Formulate ideas, proposals and solutions to transportation, distribution and/or logistics related problems in order to ensure effective and efficient delivery of products or services to targeted consumers.  Analyze and evaluate ideas, proposals, and solutions to transportation, distribution and logistics related problems in order to select the best deliverable to meet business objectives.
  2. Information Technology Applications– Demonstrate the effective use of computer based equipment (containing embedded computers, or processors) to control electromechanical devices commonly used in conducting work within the TDL industry. Utilize geographic information systems software common to the transportation, distribution and logistics industry to coordinate and facilitate business related tasks.
  3. Systems- Analyze and summarize the various roles and major business functions involved in a TDL organization as a way to demonstrate understanding of the industry as a system.  Monitor, analyze and improve performance within a TDL organization using metrics common to the TDL community as a way to demonstrate understanding of how organizations manage and improve business functioning.
  4. Safety, Health and Environmental – Assess and implement measures to maintain safe and healthful working conditions in a TDL organization. Complete work tasks in accordance with applicable employer rules concerning occupational safety and health common to the TDL industry in order to insure employee rights and employer obligations. Assess and implement methods to reduce sources of workplace hazards common in the TDL industry in order to promote a safe and accident free working environment.
  5. Ethics and Legal Responsibilities– Analyze and summarize the legal responsibilities associated with different roles and functions within TDL organizations as a way to demonstrate awareness of the influence laws and regulations have on ethics in the workplace. Understanding cooperate policies in light of ethical and legal responsibilities.

Northern New York Community Foundation Scholarships

Since 1980, the Foundation has awarded more than $14.5 million dollars in scholarships to students of Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties. The Northern New York Community Foundation annually awards scholarships to

  • high school seniors for their freshman year in college or technical school (Full-time enrollment required – this is a one year award.)
  • and non-traditional students for any year in college or technical school. (Part-time and full-time enrollment available) Applicants must reside in Jefferson, Lewis or St. Lawrence counties – applicants may re-apply each year.
  • High school juniors who will be studying STEM related careers (available ONLY to high school juniors in St. Lawrence County – this is a one year award.)

Application packets are available in February each year, and can be downloaded at that time as a PDF (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader ). Application packets will also be available through high school guidance counselors or at the Community Foundation office. Completed packets must be returned to the Foundation by April 1, by mail or hand delivered. They may not be submitted by e-mail.

  • A complete listing of all scholarships offered by the Foundation is available here. Applications can be found here.
  • All applications must be returned to NNYCF, or postmarked by April 15,2018
  • Applications are to be submitted to the NNYCF office as a packet. Please refer to the cover page of the application for "packet" requirements.
  • NNYCF offer non-traditional scholarships to students in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence Counties. However, non-traditional students are individuals who have had a break in their academic studies, or are forced to change careers and are returning to college to pursue and additional degree. High school seniors should NOT be completing a non-traditional application. The application deadline for non-traditional students is June 1, 2018


Local High School Programs/Classes:  The best way to learn about the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics trade in High School can be done by two ways. First, is by taking a High School shop class at your local high school, and Second is take part in a job shadowing program. Those typically range from 1 day to 1 week.

BOCES Programs:

Jefferson-Lewis-Hamilton-Herkimer-Oneida BOCES:

St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES:

Local College / University Majors: 


It is important to remember that the earning potential in the Transportation, Distribution & Logistics field has a varying range pending on the length of education completed. Take for example, the automotive repair field, if graduating from a BOCES program, typically the starting salary is going to be in the range of $20,000 to $25,000 a year. If graduating from a trade or technical college, typically the starting salary is going to be in the range of $35,000 to $45,000 a year. A solid college education and a few years of experience under the belt will find the salary range typically between $45,000 to $85,000 a year.

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