70,300 professionals predicted to be employed in Australia by 2022
What does the logistics industry look like?
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:
- local delivery
- containerised delivery
What job roles are there in logistics?
For those looking to work in the logistics sector, job roles are diverse, opportunities include:
- purchasing and supply logistic clerks
- freight and furniture handlers
- supply, distribution and procurement managers
- truck drivers
- warehouse managers
- forklift drivers
- transport and despatch clerks.
What skills do you need to work in logistics?
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
- problem sensitivity.
Unique skills involved with logistics include:
- clerical knowledge
- 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.