North American commerce depends on the highly trained professionals that oversee the cross continental distribution of freight. Dispatching and Transportation Operations generally focused on trucking, and demand a broad skillset including cargo rules and regulations, radio and switchboard operation, inventory management, road safety, route planning and many more responsibilities. Applying this knowledge might mean being based in a major transportation hub or out in the wide open road, and training and experience can take Specialists in this career path everywhere from truck cab to large vehicle garage and beyond.
Because of the broad scope of the transport industry, Dispatching and Transportation Operations Specialists are prepared to work in a number of environments including:
- Operations Manager
- Local Dispatcher
- Highway Dispatcher
- Driver Manager/Trainer/Recruiter
- Load Planner
- Safety & Compliance Officer
- Log Book Auditor
- Fleet Maintenance
- Loss Prevention Administrator
- Warehouse Supervisor
- Customer Service Rep
However, regardless of the varied career paths, Dispatching and Transportation Operations Specialists share the same understanding of the typical structure of trucking companies and commerce networks, from the role of owner-operated trucking rigs to huge fleets. The flexibility in work environments also means it’s easy to find a good match for every Dispatching and Transportation Operations Specialist, regardless of their end career goals and earning related ambitions.