Introduction to Careers in Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics

Transportation and Distribution Logistics is a course intended to introduce students to the complicated world of commercial transportation. This area of commerce is becoming increasingly complex and sophisticated, with work and career openings available at all levels of education. Most people, however, see only fragments of the big picture.

Transportation is among the most crucial and defining elements of modern commerce. The ability to move people and goods from place to place requires vast investments of technology, and of manpower. Without that investment almost all aspects of modern life would grind to a halt.


  • Describe the nature and scope of the Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics Career Cluster and the role of transportation, distribution, and logistics in society and the economy.
  • Describe the application and use of new and emerging advanced techniques to provide solutions for transportation, distribution, and logistics problems.
  • Describe the key operational activities required of successful transportation, distribution, and logistics facilities.
  • Identify governmental policies and procedures for transportation, distribution, and logistics facilities.
  • Describe transportation, distribution, and logistics employee rights, and responsibilities, and employers' obligations concerning occupational safety and health.
  • Describe career opportunities and means to achieve those opportunities in each of the transportation, distribution, and logistics career pathways.
  • Understand the strengths and weaknesses of the major modes of transportation, and the technological innovations that are occurring in each area.
  • Learn about the role of governmental agencies and their impact on transportation systems.
  • Analyze financial data to develop budgets, and determine profitability, cost reduction, and asset utilization.
  • Identify the job requirements and aptitude needed to successfully pursue different career pathways in the TDL areas.

State: National, California, Florida, Georgia, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Washington
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: Transportation, Distribution & Logistics
Course Length: Semester