Written by Dr. Richard G. Boehm
Overview: Port managers, assistant managers and key staff have very responsible jobs moving freight of all kinds from land based origins to overseas locations, some within the U.S. and some international. The U.S. has a long list of large and important ports - New York, Philadelphia, Miami, New Orleans, Los Angelas, and Seattle. In Texas, goods flow in and out of Houston, Galveston, Beaumont, and Brownsville. Great Great international ports include Rotterdam, Marseille, Hong Kong, Manila, Sydney, and Singapore to mention a few. Port Managers need to be aware of the shipping business in the inland hinterland (the area that ships in and out of the port) and the export hinterland (the area where products go that are shipped out of a port).
Geographers at work: Geographers know where products (commodities and industrial goods) originate, and where the markets are for these products. They will make good Port Managers because they understand spatial distributions, connections, and international business.
Skills: Wide understanding of shipping needs, product location, transport methods, and international connections. Need cultural understanding of the port hinterland.