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Transportation Route and Crew Scheduler

Transportation route and crew schedulers create and prepare routes and schedules for transportation equipment and the crews that operate them.

  • Avg. Salary $54,590.00
  • Avg. Wage $26.88
  • Minimum Education High school diploma
  • Outlook below avg
  • Employed < 1500
  • In Demand Medium
Also Known As

Crew Dispatcher, Schedule Analyst, Schedule Writer, Scheduler, Transit Scheduler, Transportation Coordinator

NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used. Here is how this occupation has been classified over time:

  • 2006 NOC: Transportation Route and Crew Schedulers (1476) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Transportation Route and Crew Schedulers (B576) 
  • 2011 NOC: Transportation route and crew schedulers (1526) 
  • 2016 NOC: Transportation route and crew schedulers (1526) 
Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

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  • Certification Not Regulated
  • Strength Required Strength requirements vary
Interest Codes
The Transportation Route and Crew Scheduler is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Transportation Route and Crew Schedulers

Interest in co-ordinating information to incorporate into route plans such factors as peak-travel periods, holidays, special events and construction that affect time and cost efficiency; and in maintaining equipment and personnel records


Interest in speaking to assign personnel to equipment and routes and schedule work shifts; and in designing new, or modifying existing, schedules; may prepare user guides and other information for the public regarding services


Interest in operating computer software to adjust schedules and design new or modify existing schedules

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 
It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

Learn More

Updated May 25, 2021

Transportation equipment is large-scale equipment that includes containers, trucks, tractors, trailers, cranes, portable ramps, lifting equipment, and loading or unloading systems. Often, such equipment cannot safely travel on or navigate certain roads, bridges, overpasses, overhead power lines, etc.

Transportation route and crew schedulers work out safe pathways from point to point, and prepare schedules for transportation equipment and operators, using computer software and other methods. They are responsible for assigning personnel to appropriate equipment, selecting transport routes that can handle the equipment and product loads, and scheduling work shifts. They also keep records of their organization’s equipment and personnel to make sure everything runs smoothly and efficiently.

A transportation route and crew scheduler’s duties include:

  • Organize and monitor workloads and task lists
  • Keep track of available equipment, vehicles and crew
  • Create, map and adjust routes and schedules to ensure transport equipment meets required size, turning radius or load / weight restrictions of the routes, and all necessary tasks are completed efficiently and on time
  • Assign crews to equipment and vehicles, including pilot vehicles where necessary
  • Arrange for police to block off roads or redirect other traffic, where necessary
  • Schedule crews to move or remove roadside or overhead obstacles, such as light poles, where necessary
  • Distribute routes and schedules for use by operators and passengers
  • Monitor progress and adapt routes and schedules to weather, traffic, obstructions, equipment failures and other complicating factors
  • Communicate with and provide support for crew
  • Coordinate, schedule and create purchase orders for delivery and return of equipment and vehicles
  • Obtain quotes from transport vendors
  • Perform recordkeeping and maintain daily traffic logs
  • Monitor and analyze schedule adherence and passenger or freight loads to improve future scheduling
Working Conditions
Updated May 25, 2021

Transportation route and crew schedulers spend most of their time in office settings, working on computers and using the phone to check information and make arrangements. Internet-based map programs with virtual street-view options are useful for planning and assessing potential routes. Evening and weekend work may be required occasionally.

Working conditions vary by employer. Transportation route and crew schedulers may work in small offices with simple telephone systems, or large offices with high levels of technology including vehicle tracking, computerized systems and ergonomically designed work stations.

  • Strength Required Strength requirements vary
Skills & Abilities
Updated May 25, 2021

Transportation route and crew schedulers need:

  • Attention to detail
  • Interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to maintain positive working relationships
  • Organizational skills
  • Technical and computer skills
  • Spatial awareness skills, to assess routes in relation to equipment
  • The ability to work well both independently and in a team environment
  • The ability to think logically and critically and solve problems
  • The ability to perform multiple tasks with changing priorities and deadlines

They should enjoy operating communications equipment and working with people.

Educational Requirements
Updated May 25, 2021

Transportation route and crew schedulers must have a high school diploma. Several years of work experience in the transportation industry usually is required. Relevant work experience may include driving transportation or transit vehicles or equipment. On-the-job training is often provided.

Post-secondary education in fields such as business, management and administrative studies may be beneficial to job prospects, but a post-secondary degree usually is not required.

For a broad list of programs and courses that may be related to this occupation try searching using keywords.

Certification Requirements
Updated May 25, 2021

There is currently no provincial legislation regulating this occupation in Alberta.

Employment & Advancement
Updated May 25, 2021

Transportation route and crew schedulers work for:

  • Municipal government transit departments
  • Delivery, trucking and courier companies
  • Heavy equipment transport companies (such as cranes or oil rig equipment transport)
  • Industrial or structural (such as portables or house relocation) moving companies
  • Railways, airlines and other transportation or transit industry companies

Mobility between occupations for transportation route and crew schedulers can be limited, since specific transportation sector experience is typically needed.

Advancement to supervisory positions is possible with sufficient experience. Transportation route and crew schedulers may be provided with opportunities to advance to analyst, planner or management positions, or other administrative roles within a company.

Transportation route and crew schedulers are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 1526: Transportation route and crew schedulers. In Alberta, 76% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:

The employment outlook [pdf] in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors, including:

  • Trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
  • Location in Alberta
  • Employment turnover (when people leave existing positions)
  • Occupational growth (when new positions are created)
  • Size of the occupation

In Alberta, the 1526: Transportation route and crew schedulers occupational group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 0% from 2019 to 2023. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 0 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.

Employment turnover is expected to increase as the number of people retiring increases over the next few years.

Wage & Salary
Updated May 25, 2021
Transportation route and crew schedulers

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

Overall Wage Details
Average Wage
Average Salary
Hours Per Week

Hourly Wage
For full-time and part-time employees
  • Low
  • High
  • Average
  • Median
Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $17.55 $33.06 $24.22 $25.00
Overall $19.23 $42.03 $26.88 $26.44
Top $21.20 $46.76 $32.42 $29.26

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

B: Good Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

Good Reliability, represents a CV of between 6.01% and 15.00% and/or fewer than 30 survey observations and/or if survey observations represent less than 50% of all estimated employment for the occupation.

Industry Information
Public Administration
Educational Services
Transportation and Warehousing

Skills Shortage

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Vacancy Rate

Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Business, Management and Administrative Studies
Other Sources of Information
Updated May 25, 2021

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Updated May 25, 2021. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook, and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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