Also known as Cargo Surveyor, Inspector, Marine Cargo Surveyor, Marine Surveyor, Petroleum Inspector, Surveyor
Also known as Cargo Surveyor, Inspector, Marine Cargo Surveyor
Transportation Inspectors inspect equipment or goods in connection with the safe transport of cargo or people.
In addition, Transportation Inspectors includes rail transportation inspectors, such as freight inspectors, rail inspectors, and other inspectors of transportation vehicles not elsewhere classified.
Transportation Inspectors are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:
The above responsibilities are specific to Transportation Inspectors. More generally, Transportation Inspectors are involved in several broader types of activities:
The median salary for a Transportation Inspector is $78,400, and the average salary is $81,320. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Transportation Inspector salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.
Many Transportation Inspectors earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Transportation Inspectors earn less than $35,560 per year, 25% earn less than $54,580, 75% earn less than $107,200, and 90% earn less than $132,710.
Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Transportation Inspectors is expected to change by 4.5%, and there should be roughly 3,300 open positions for Transportation Inspectors every year.
Career interests describe a person's preferences for different types of working environments and activities. When a person's interest match the demands of an occupation, people are usually more engaged and satisfied in that role.
Compared to most occupations, those who work as a Transportation Inspector are usually higher in their Realistic and Conventional interests.
Transportation Inspectors typically have very strong Realistic interests. Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Also, Transportation Inspectors typically have very strong Conventional interests. Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
People differ in their values, or what is most important to them for building job satisfaction and fulfillment.
Compared to most people, those working as a Transportation Inspector tend to value Support, Working Conditions, and Relationships.
Most importantly, Transportation Inspectors moderately value Support. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.
Second, Transportation Inspectors moderately value Working Conditions. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions.
Lastly, Transportation Inspectors moderately value Relationships. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment.
Each occupation brings its own set of psychological demands, which describe the characteristics necessary to perform the job well.
In order to perform their job successfully, people who work as Transportation Inspectors must consistently demonstrate qualities such as dependability, integrity, and attention to detail.
Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Transportation Inspectors, ranked by importance:
Many Transportation Inspectors will have a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
Transportation Inspectors usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
Transportation Inspectors may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as transportation, customer and personal service, or mathematics knowledge.
The list below shows several areas in which most Transportation Inspectors might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.
Transportation Inspectors must develop a particular set of abilities to perform their job well. Abilities are individual capacities that influence a person's information processing, sensory perception, motor coordination, and physical strength or endurance. Individuals may naturally have certain abilities without explicit training, but most abilities can be sharpened somewhat through practice.
For example, Transportation Inspectors need abilities such as oral expression, oral comprehension, and written comprehension in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for Transportation Inspectors, ranked by their relative importance.
Skills are developed capacities that enable people to function effectively in real-world settings. Unlike abilities, skills are typically easier to build through practice and experience. Skills influence effectiveness in areas such as learning, working with others, design, troubleshooting, and more.
Transportation Inspectors frequently use skills like reading comprehension, speaking, and active listening to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Transportation Inspectors, ranked by their relative importance.
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