The data science analyst or logistician is responsible for extracting, organizing, integrating, analyzing, and communicating information obtained from a variety of transportation or supply chain data sources. The analyst/logistician will analyze data using SQL, SAP, and other standard statistical software and tools to inform business decisions and drive efficient performance across supply chain and logistics operations. The work of the analyst/logistician might also support inventory and asset management, cost savings, internal strategic analysis, mode selection/freight consolidation efforts, product tracking, customer service initiatives, and metric reporting to promote operations performance. The analyst/logistician that also serves as a project or program manager oversees all aspects of a project, supervising progress over the entire project life cycle.
Commercial Driver (Transit)
Transit operators or drivers are responsible for the safe and efficient transport of passengers by operating transit vehicles and following traffic laws and applicable regulations. Transit commercial drivers operate buses or other revenue service vehicles to transport customers over routes with specified stops. The main objectives of a transit driver are to safely operate transit vehicles according to an established schedule and route, collect fares from passengers, perform inspections of vehicles before and after operation, and complete relevant incident report. Transit operators might also sometimes be required to assist senior passengers or passengers with disabilities aboard transit vehicles.
Commercial freight drivers operate trucks or tractor trailers to make deliveries or transport goods according to a schedule and assigned route. Freight drivers should operate a commercial vehicle in a safe and efficient manner, and they must do so in accordance with applicable laws for commercial vehicle operations. Freight operators might also be asked to determine the condition of the truck or vehicle before and after use and to report any issues.
Surveying & Mapping Technician
Surveying & Mapping Technicians collect data and make maps of the Earth’s surface, usually under the direction of an engineer, surveyor, cartographer, or photogrammetrist. They obtain data for use in construction, mapmaking, boundary location, mining, or other purposes, and may calculate mapmaking information and create maps from sources such as surveying notes, aerial photography, satellite data, or other maps to show topographical features, political boundaries, and other features. Surveying technicians work outside extensively and can be exposed to all types of weather, while mapping technicians work primarily indoors on computers. Most surveying and mapping technicians work for firms that provide engineering, surveying, and mapping services on a contract basis. Local governments also employ these workers in highway and planning departments.
Other responsibilities typically include:
- Visit sites to record survey measurements and other descriptive data.
- Operate surveying instruments, such as electronic distance-measuring equipment.
- Enter data from surveying instruments into computers, either in the field or in an office.
- Produce maps showing boundaries, water locations, elevation, and other features of the terrain.
- Assist photogrammetrists by laying out aerial photographs in sequence to identify areas not captured by aeriel photography.