Why consider a career in logistics?
Without transport and logistics professionals, Australia’s economy would slow to a crawl. And those folks are going to be even more important in future. According to the Australian Logistics Council, the quantity of goods being shipped to, from and across Australia will triple by the year 2050. Government stats suggest the sector is responsible for nearly 5% of GDP. That’s just under $80 billion a year!
There’s plenty of room for productivity improvement, too. The Aussie transport and logistics sector is still about 10% less productive than our average global competitor. But exciting technology, such as automation solutions, is changing the face of logistics all over the world. You could be part of the innovation that makes Australia a world leader in years to come.
If you are thinking of pursuing a career in logistics, here are some points that you should consider:
Fast sector growth
There are more jobs in logistics than ever, with experts anticipating that the sector will continue to grow in the coming years. The industry employs more than 474,000 people and is predicted to increase by 4.5 percent through to 2022. Continuing growth is forecast. With the growth of eCommerce in Australia, transport and logistics is more important than ever.
There is a variety of roles within the logistics sector, with salaries dependent upon experience. In Australia, supply, distribution and procurement managers earn an average annual salary of $85,800. Purchasing and supply logistics officers earn an average annual salary of $59,800. Transport and despatch officers earn an average annual salary of $57,200.
Plenty of varied job opportunities
Unlike careers in law, medicine or finance, for example, logistics tends to be a career that flies under the radar for many people. This, coupled with the importance of the sector, means that there are lots of roles that need filling and lots of opportunities to progress quickly within the industry.
Entry level positions might include managing product inventory at one end of the supply chain, to delivering customer service management at the other. However, you can also start in the industry (without a qualification) in a role such as a van driver or distribution clerk and work your way up with some additional education to bolster your opportunities. The next step in your career path may be a supervisor role or a project manager. In larger organisations, you could end up as a national logistics manager.
As so many different industries and organisations are dependent upon logistics, taking a role in the sector can mean working in any number of locations. From an office to a factory floor or a delivery centre, your daily workplace could take any form. There could also be opportunities for overseas travel through business trips to visit clients or review supply chains.
As a logistics manager, many people within the organisation’s supply chain will be relying on you to make sure that the product is in the right place at the right time, that the transport arrives, or that the right amount of stock is delivered. It is a logistician’s hard work and diligence that makes everyone else’s roles possible.
Want to know more? Monarch Institute’s TLI50415 Diploma of Logistics could be your path to the great opportunities in this sector. Contact us to find out more.
Sources: pc.gov.au, abs.gov.au, austlogistics.com.au, workforceplanningtools.com.au, 2017 Industry Employment Projections’ Australian Government Department of Employment, lmip.gov.au