88M MOS Civilian Jobs

Feb 21, 2018

Motor transport operators (88M) bring first-hand experience to trucking of almost all types, which may open opportunities in the civilian trucking and transportation industry. Find out about some careers that work for 88M veterans.

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When it comes to trucks, tank trucks, and tractor-trailers, 88M veterans are experts. Their experience includes inspecting and driving all types of wheeled vehicles; loading and unloading both cargo and personnel; and preparing vehicles for shipment by rail or overseas. This experience may provide veterans with opportunities in the following careers.

Career Comparison

Job Title Median Wage (2016)* Job Growth (2016-2026)* Applicable Military Skills/Traits
Bus Drivers $31,920 6% Experience with safety of passengers
Heavy and Tractor-trailer Truck Drivers $41,340 6% Experience driving similar trucks on active duty
Tank Car, Truck, and Ship Loaders $35,770 5% Experience loading goods on/off trucks, and preparing trucks for overseas shipment
Cargo and Freight Agents $41,920 10% Experience with trucking and shipments
Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers $89,190 7% Experience in transportation, inspection and trucking

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Civilian Jobs for Army 88M Veterans

88M veterans will find many opportunities to apply their active duty skills in the civilian workforce, since the transportation industry is essential to both military and civilian life. There are job options that can be entered into right away, as well as careers requiring training and education that builds on motor transport operators' skills. Veterans' experience may be a benefit in these jobs.

Bus Drivers

Motor transport operators have experience working with passengers in demanding environments, which can be useful when transporting large numbers of people as a civilian bus driver as well. Also, it is deeply embedded in their training that passenger safety is always a concern, which makes them well-suited to a bus driving career.

Bus drivers operate buses as part of the transportation system. Many of them drive scheduled routes for municipalities and services like Greyhound. Other bus drivers operate tour buses and private buses that may carry passengers for any number of reasons. Bus drivers don't need a college education, but they do need to have a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) with a passenger endorsement.

Heavy and Tractor-trailer Truck Drivers

88M veterans may find that their active duty training has made them well-qualified for a career as a truck driver. While active, they have been responsible for inspecting, loading, and driving large vehicles like these on a daily basis. Military training in safety, protocols, and compliance with regulations could also be a benefit to veterans.

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers transport goods over long distances. The usually operate at minimum between large cities and often across state lines or across the country. A CDL license is required, and many states allow active duty and recently discharged veterans to skip truck driving school and proceed straight to the written test.

Tank Car, Truck, and Ship Loaders

Tank car, truck and ship loading is a career where 88M veterans may be able to put their training in preparing and loading trucks for shipment to work. Military emphasis on safety training and the ability to work within strict procedures and protocols may give veterans an advantage.

Tank car, truck, and ship loaders perform the work of loading and unloading bulk goods and materials, like sand, coal, or chemicals. These products are generally moved with a variety of materials-moving machines. There are no college education requirements, since this position requires on-the-job training.

Cargo and Freight Agents

88M veterans who find shipping and transportation interesting but want to do something other than actually drive the trucks might want to look into a career as a cargo and freight agent. Motor transport operators' first-hand experience with trucking transport may give them a start in this industry.

Cargo and freight agents coordinate the shipping and movement of goods, generally over long distances. They take orders for shipping, arrange pickups and delivery, and oversee the required documentation. This position is found in trucking transportation companies, as well as with air, sea, and rail. A high school diploma or equivalent is required.

Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers

Motor transport operator veterans who would like to move into a management position might do well to consider this career, which requires a bachelor's degree. The experience of veterans with overseas shipping, documentation requirements, safety training, and discipline may help 88Ms to do well in this career.

Transportation, storage and distribution managers are responsible for running shipping facilities. They plan and coordinate deliveries, from the warehouse floor to the final destination. In addition, they ensure that the facility complies with all government rules and regulations, as well as company policies. They supervise and manage personnel as well as schedules and facilities.

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