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Transportation Inspectors

Inspect equipment or goods to make sure cargo or people are transported safely.

Quick Facts

Wages:

National Data
$39.81 / hour    Read more about wages

Outlook:

Above statewide average
Growth rate:  4.6%    Read more about outlook

Education:

High School or less is typically required.

On the Job:

Typical Work Tasks
  • Record service or repair activities.
  • Review documents or materials for compliance with policies or regulations.
  • Investigate transportation incidents, violations, or complaints.
  • Review work orders or schedules to determine operations or procedures.
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Job Title Examples:

Aircraft Quality Control Inspector
Airworthiness Safety Inspector
Aircraft Inspector

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Wages & Outlook

 

Typical Wages

Wages listed below are for a variety of experience and education levels. Make sure that you research the typical entry-level education and work experience and training requirements for this occupation.

This career: $39.81
Statewide median: $24.25

 


Wages for Transportation Inspectors *

Area Low Median High
U S
$27.15 $39.81 $48.78
Northwest Minnesota
$20.52 $20.52 $23.22
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN
$43.37 $62.88 $65.30

* "Low" indicates 25% of workers earn less and 75% earn more.
"Median" indicates 50% of workers earn less and 50% earn more.
"High" indicates 75% of workers earn less and 25% earn more.

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Employment

In Minnesota, there are 200 workers employed in this very small career.

Where do Transportation Inspectors most often work?

 

Current Demand

No data available.

 

Future Demand

This career is seeing high growth compared to other careers.

There will be a need for about 904 new Transportation Inspectors to meet market demand between 2020-2030. This includes the demand due to replacement (workers leaving the occupation or retiring) as well as growth.

 

Employment Outlook for Transportation Inspectors
Area Employment Employment Change
2020 2030 Number Percent
U S 29,000 30,300 1,300 4.6%
Minnesota 751 823 72 9.6%



On the Job

 

Transportation Inspectors inspect equipment or goods to make sure that cargo or people are transported safely. They may work for railroads, airports, or other transportation industries.


Physical Demands   

This career requires time standing, walking, or running.

 

Typical Work Tasks

People who work in this career often:


Typical Working Conditions

 

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Education & Credentials

 

Educational Requirements

High School or less

 

Education level attained (national data)

Education Level Attained (national data)
Education Level AttainedPercentage of workers in this occupation
Less than high school diploma2.6
High school diploma or equivalent31.5
Some college, no degree32.1
Associate degree12.2
Bachelors degree17
Masters degree4.4
Doctoral (Ph.D) or professional degree0.2

 

Work Experience and Training Requirements

Nationally, this career typically requires:

  • No related work experience for entry.
  • Moderate-term on-the-job training to become competent.

 

Transfer Options

 

Helpful High School Courses

Examples of helpful classes that help you prepare for this career:

  • Business Computer Applications
  • Business Law
  • Cultural/Ethnic Studies
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Marketing
  • Political Science
  • Project Management
  • Public Speaking
  • Technical Writing
  • U.S. Government
  • World Languages

In Minnesota, your school may have developed a Program of Study in this career area. A Program of Study is an academic and career plan developed by your high school to help move you towards a career and college path. A Program of Study can help you:

  • Select high school classes that prepare you for college and getting a job
  • Understand how the classes you're taking in high school lead to a career
  • Identify extra-curricular activities that are related to your career interest
  • See what classes at your school offer early college credit that will save you time and money towards your college expenses
  • Graduate from high school prepared for your next step toward the career you choose

 

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Skills & Knowledge

 

Most Important Skills for Transportation Inspectors


 

Most Important Knowledge Areas for Transportation Inspectors



Interests


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Describe Your Skills


People who have worked in this career typically perform the following tasks. These statements can help a prospective employer understand what you can do, on a resume or during an interview.

  • Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to find or fix problems.
  • Collecting information from different sources.
  • Evaluating information to determine compliance with standards.
  • Operating vehicles or equipment.
  • Performing general physical abilities.
  • Making decisions or solving problems.
  • Communicating with supervisors, co-workers, or people that work under you.
  • Identifying information by categorizing, comparing, or detecting changes in circumstances or events.

 

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The following careers use skills, knowledge, and abilities that are similar to those used for Transportation Inspectors.

 

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Job Title Examples


Aircraft Quality Control Inspector,  Airworthiness Safety Inspector,  Aircraft Inspector,  Aircraft Quality Assurance Inspector,  Assembly Inspector,  Aviation Maintenance Inspector,  Aviation Safety Inspector,  Avionics Safety Inspector,  Technical Inspector 

 

Where Do Transportation Inspectors Work?


Transportation Inspectors often work in the following industries.

 

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