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Advanced Transportation



People with careers in this vital industry work to ensure our freight and passenger railroads, airlines, barge lines and ground transportation systems are running as safely and efficiently as possible.

Career Details


Students in Advanced Transportation are trained in the following subject areas:

  • Transportation Service Worker—Emphasizing freight and passenger railroads, airlines, barge lines, and ground transportation systems
  • Computer Operations—Keyboarding skill development, word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications
  • Office Communications—Filing, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Access, office etiquette
  • Business/Consumer Math—Microsoft Excel and 10-key calculator
  • Job Search Skills—Resume and interview preparation

Career Options

Career Options

Career choices can vary from selling tickets for the airlines and railroads to working on a train as a conductor or attendant. You may also pursue opportunities such as airline flight attendant, railroad car and track repair, or even a deckhand on a Mississippi River barge. The career opportunities in this industry are plentiful and in high demand.


Before entering the program, students must:

  • Be at least 17½ years old.
  • Complete a Job Corps basic career technical training program.
  • Meet basic academic requirements in math and reading.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Have a positive attendance and progress record.
  • Have a positive behavior record with no major incidents in the past 90 days.
  • Have health clearance from the Job Corps center where they received basic training.
  • Pass an entrance exam.
  • Complete a successful phone, in-person, or videoconference interview.


As a Job Corps student, you will have the opportunity to earn credentials in your training area that may lead to greater employment opportunities, higher wages, and promotions.


While on the job, you will be expected to display the following traits at all times:

  • Attention to detail
  • Commitment to safety
  • Communication skills
  • Concern for rules
  • Organizational skills
  • Professionalism

Advanced Transportation Numbers to Know


National average earning potential for this career

Completion times vary by training area. Check with your admissions advisor.