Transportation Route and Crew Schedulers

Occupation:Transportation Route and Crew Schedulers
Category:Business, Finance, and Administration

About the job

Nature of work:

Transportation route and crew schedulers prepare operational and crew schedules for transportation equipment and operating personnel. They are employed by municipal transit commissions, truck, delivery and courier companies, railways, airlines and by other transportation establishments in both the private and public sectors.

Job duties:
Transportation route and crew schedulers perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Review schedule requisitions, passenger counts and cargo, running times, distances, personnel availability and other pertinent information to establish schedule parameters.
  • Design new or modify existing schedules using computer software or other methods.
  • Incorporate into route plan factors such as peak travel periods, holidays, special events and construction with emphasis on time and cost efficiency.
  • Assign personnel to equipment and routes and schedule work shifts.
  • Compile equipment and personnel records, including hours in service, distances, maintenance, repairs required and other data, to produce operating reports.
  • May prepare user guides and other public service information.
Sample job titles:
  • bus transportation service co-ordinator
  • crew dispatcher
  • crew scheduler, transportation
  • flight scheduler
  • schedule control clerk
  • scheduler - transit system
  • transit planner
  • transportation clerk
  • transportation route scheduler
  • truck scheduler

To work in these fields, you must be organized and attentive to detail. Your work must be accurate. Good communication skills are important. You need to be able to work as part of a team. Computer skills and the ability to work with technology may be helpful.

Job requirements:
  • Completion of secondary school is required.
  • On-the-job training may be provided.
Other considerations:


Labour Market Information

Work Prospects:Undetermined

This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. With a small percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are not expected to be a major contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Transportation Route and Crew Schedulers most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs are typically permanent positions.

The median employment income for 71% of Transportation Route and Crew Schedulers who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $46,683. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

OccupationEstimated employment in 2018Estimated change in employment between 2017 and 2019Estimated openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019Estimated rate of unemployment in 2018 Estimated hourly earnings in 2015 (learn more)Estimated annual earnings in 2015
Transportation Route and Crew Schedulers160xxx
Minimum:  N/A
Median:  N/A
Maximum:  N/A
Minimum: $22,191
Median: $43,794
Maximum: $77,657
Occupations in Business, Finance, and Administration63,775Moderate growth6,600Low
Minimum: $13.00
Median: $21.03
Maximum: $35.90
Minimum: $6,754
Median: $36,515
Maximum: $70,271
Transportation Route and Crew SchedulersCompared to: Occupations in Business, Finance, and Administration
Percent employed full-time91%81%
Percent self-employed0%7%
Where will I likely work?
Area of EmploymentTransportation Route and Crew SchedulersCompared to: All NS Occupations
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Cape Breton6%x13%$32,974
Annapolis Valley26%x13%$32,958
What are the workers like?
AgeTransportation Route and Crew SchedulersCompared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration
% Employed% Employed
Median Age4648
GenderTransportation Route and Crew SchedulersCompared to: Occupations in Business, Finance, and Administration
% Employed% Employed
EducationTransportation Route and Crew SchedulersCompared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Less than high school5.7%$44,6654.7%$23,775
High school20.0%$35,51323.7%$30,074
Trades certificate11.4%$53,2925.8%$32,871
College certificate or diploma31.4%$40,69134.4%$33,837
University certificate or diplomaN/Ax3.0%$35,053
Bachelor's degree31.4%$47,99322.9%$39,473
University advanced certificate or diplomaN/Ax1.7%$40,672
Master's degreeN/Ax3.6%$23,407
Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometryN/Ax0.1%$41,688
Wage Disclaimer

Hourly earnings data are from the Labour Force Survey by Statistics Canada. Data are not available for all occupations. Hourly earnings are calculated based on usual hours worked per week. This is how an annual salary, for instance, gets converted to an hourly rate. The data include full and part-time workers along with new and experienced workers. Self-employed workers are excluded.

Annual employment income data reported in the Work Prospects section, are from the 2011 National Household Survey by Statistics Canada. Much of the data (around 70%) came directly from tax records. The data relates to the year 2010 and includes total wages and salaries and net income from self-employment.


Employment Requirements & Contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile
Useful contacts:
Trucking Human Resource Sector Council Atlantic
14 Court Street, Suite 301
Truro, NS B2N 5V2
Tel: (902) 893-8410
Fax: (902) 895-6984

Training Paths & Education

Program Name:Adult high school/secondary diploma programs
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the high school level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that defines the prescribed requirements, specified by the appropriate jurisdiction, for the completion of and graduation from a secondary school program of academic subject matter offered for adult learners outside of the regular secondary school program. This does not include adult compensatory education programs resulting in completion of a high school equivalency certificate or diploma.
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Universite Sainte-Anne
Siège Social: 1695, Route 1
Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0
(902) 769-2114
Nova Scotia Community College - Annapolis Valley Campus
50 Elliott Road
Lawrencetown, NS B0S 1M0
(902) 825-3491
Nova Scotia Community College - Cumberland Campus
PO Box 550, 1 Main Street
Springhill, NS B0M 1X0
(902) 597-3737
Nova Scotia Community College - Akerley Campus
21 Woodlawn Road
Dartmouth, NS B2W 2R7
(902) 491-4900
Nova Scotia Community College - Burridge Campus
372 Pleasant Street
Yarmouth, NS B5A 2L2
(902) 742-3501
Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus
236 Belcher Street
Kentville, NS B4N 0A6
(902) 678-7341
Nova Scotia Community College - Lunenburg Campus
75 High Street
Bridgewater, NS B4V 1V8
(902) 543-4608
Nova Scotia Community College - Institute of Technology Campus
5685 Leeds Street
Halifax, NS B3K 2T3
(902) 491-6722
Nova Scotia Community College - Pictou Campus & School of Fisheries
PO Box 820, 39 Acadia Avenue
Stellarton, NS B0K 1S0
(902) 752-2002
Nova Scotia Community College - Shelburne Campus
PO Box 760, 1575 Lake Road
Shelburne, NS B0T 1W0
(902) 875-8640
Nova Scotia Community College - Strait Area Campus & Nautical Institute
226 Reeves Street
Port Hawkesbury, NS B9A 2A2
(902) 625-2380
Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus
PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6J7
(902) 563-2450
Nova Scotia Community College - Truro Campus
36 Arthur Street
Truro, NS B2N 1X5
(902) 893-5385
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