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The importance of the logistics sector echoes across all of Australia’s manufacturing, retail, transport, postal and forestry industries.

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70,300 professionals predicted to be employed in Australia by 2022

Without a specialised and high-functioning logistics industry, Australia’s productivity would be reduced. Statistics on the importance of logistics to the national GDP are limited because they do not take into account the logistics activities undertaken by companies themselves. The logistics sector is made up of the part of the supply chain that plans, delivers and controls the flow of goods from point to point.

Domestic opportunities include agriculture, local delivery, containerised delivery and airfreight.
For those looking to work in the logistics sector, job roles are diverse, opportunities include, purchasing and supply logistic clerks, freight and furniture handlers, storepersons, supply, distribution and procurement managers, truck drivers, warehouse managers, forklift drivers and transport and despatch clerks.

Employers in these fields of logistics all value a keen understanding of customer and personal service, proficient English comprehension (both oral and written), problem solving skills, and problem sensitivity.
Unique skills involved with logistics include clerical knowledge and mathematical skills. For transport and despatch clerks, an advanced knowledge of geography – that is, knowing how to describe the physical characteristics of land, sea, air, and how they work together, is highly valued.

Roles associated with supply chain and logistics workers are expanding to incorporate the management of increasingly intricate structures and the growing significance of technology. Postgraduate qualifications can now attribute a wage premium of 48% (compared to those with no post-school qualification) directly to their qualification. The numbers of logistics sector workers with a postgraduate qualification in management and commerce is rising. Further study in the logistics sector can accelerate career progression both directly within the sector and within individual industries.

Upskilled has definitely helped me progress my career. I wasn't able to consider further studies because of costs involved, but the monthly payment plan helped me.
Student Q&A: Kathryn Thuroczy
, Diploma of Logistics
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Insights

There's no doubt that the area of Logistics is an exciting and growing profession, which offers stability, career fulfillment and a wide variety of job roles.

Outlook
  • Future job growth
    Stable
    *Up to 3,000 job openings over the next 5 years. *Source
  • Occupation size
    Very large
    There are 83,700 workers in this (or similar) professions.*Source
  • Regions
    Most regions
    Job roles for this profession can be found in most areas of Australia.*Source
Salary
  • Full time
    Logistics clerks
    Average of $49,500 - 57,100 per annum
  • Full time
    Transport and despatch clerks
    Average of $58,400 - 81,500 per annum
  • Full time
    Logistics managers
    Average of $70,000 - 122,300 per annum
  • Considerations
     
    Your salary will be based on previous experience, where you are working and the type of role you take on.
Age range
  • 34 years old and younger
    36.9%
  • 35-54 years
    46.3%
  • 55 years and older
    16.8%
Education levels
  • Below Certificate III
    46.4%
  • Certificate III and IV
    22%
  • Diploma and above
    31.6%

* All information on this page has been complied using figures from payscale.com.au and the Australian Government's joboutlook.gov.au - all figures are indications only, and are accurate at time of publication. Please do your own research before selecting a course or career.

Study with Upskilled

Upskilled’s logistics courses are delivered online, giving you the flexibility to enrol at any time of the year and study at your own pace. Among other things, you’ll learn how to develop, facilitate and monitor all aspects of operational planning and team effectiveness, and to recognise and respond to diverse and complex supply chain requirements.

You’ll also learn how to work within a structured logistics framework and how to apply recognised technological and logistical solutions to a variety of industry-based situations. Other skills include a basic understanding of production and processing, administration and management and customer and personal service.

This job role will also potentially be using or supervising the use of equipment and technology to facilitate the movement and storage of products. Your daily work life will include obtaining and processing information, decision making, problem solving, dealing with technology, team development and communication with stakeholders.

Your online course includes comprehensive student support to help you throughout your study. Some of the degrees, diplomas and certificates allow you to graduate with a government-accredited, nationally recognised qualification that can boost your chances of employment and give you more opportunities to accelerate your learning even further.

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