Ever wonder how trucking companies or the military know how many vehicles they need, or when to buy new ones? That's the job of the fleet operations manager, along with other planning and maintenance tasks. Employers usually prefer to hire associate's or bachelor's degree holders for these jobs.
Fleet operations managers oversee issues pertaining to the transportation needs of companies and organizations. While there aren't any specific degree programs for fleet operations management, many of those in the field hold an associate's or bachelor's degree in business management. Aspiring fleet operations managers can also become certified through The Center for Professional Fleet Certification, Inc. to bolster their credibility.
|Required Education||Associate's or Bachelor's Degree in Business Management (preferred)|
|Other Requirements||Certification (preferred)|
|Projected Job Growth (2014-2024)||2%*(all logisticians)|
|Median Salary (2016)||$58,954**|
Sources: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics **PayScale.com
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Fleet Operations Manager Career Information
Fleet operations managers should have nuts-and-bolts knowledge of the company for which they work. They should understand its needs and agenda as well as its materials, sources and transportation. This knowledge prepares fleet managers to devise fleet acquisition and maintenance plans, allowing them to effectively communicate with maintenance and supply teams.
Primarily, fleet operations managers work for large corporations and organizations. State, local and federal government agencies also hire fleet operations managers for motor pools ranging from official vehicles to military tanks. Colleges and universities frequently require personnel to manage campus security vehicle and administrative official vehicle pools. However, trucking companies hire the majority of fleet operations managers. Waste management companies offer opportunities in this career field as well.
According to PayScale.com in January 2016, the salary for most fleet operations managers ranges from $34,350 to $86,382 annually.
Employers in this field range from waste management and trucking companies to the military, educational institutions, and government agencies. A degree in business management is an asset to securing a position in this tight sector.