Transport Economist

What exactly do transport economists do?

Transport economists plan, organise and monitor the business activities of a company in the transport sector. They take on expert and leadership tasks in various business areas and check the profitability and efficiency of numerous means of transport. At the same time, they need to take the company aims and the current market situation into consideration. They are employed in Human Resources, Finance Management as well as in Sales and Marketing.

Depending on their field of tasks, transport economists make decisions about development strategies and approaches in the various business disciplines. They produce balance sheets and feasibility studies for various projects, do the budget planning for marketing activities as well as for personnel and they procure or sell certain transport services.

Transport economists work in public passenger transport (e.g. at bus and rail companies), in airport operations, at airlines and air freight companies as well as forwarders and travel companies. Moreover, transport economists work in business consulting and at transport organisations.


What requirements do transport economists need to fulfil?


As transport management and transport economics are offered as study programmes at colleges, study requirements are as set out in the General Studying  Requirements of the Federal Republic of Germany.  


How can I become a transport economist?


Transport management, or transport economics can be studied as a subject and/or major within a normal programme of economic  studies.


Undergraduate programmes in the area of transport management / transport economics

  • Aviation Business - Piloting and Airline Management
  • Aviation Management
  • International Transport management (ITM)
  • Logistics and mobility
  • Public Transport Management
  • Traffic and Mobility
  • Maritime Economics
  • Shipping and Chartering
  • Transport economics and public Transport
  • Industrial Engineering/Traffic Management


Transport management / transport economics can be studied as a major in the following programmes of study.

  • Business Administration
  • International Tourism Studies
  • Public Service Management

Some of the programmes are also offered in dual curriculum.


Where does training to become a transport economist take place?


Training to become a transport economist takes place at corresponding colleges, or in the case of dual curriculum, at a college and the training companies.


How good are the prospects of advancement as a transport economist?


There are various opportunities for advancement within aviation companies; these vary from employer to employer.


How high is the salary as a transport economist?


The salary for transport economists varies from employer to employer. The average gross salary comes to around 3,300 EUR (status from 2010).