How To Get A Job In The Transport Industry

by RobertKeith

Getting jobs in the fast changing transport industry can seem difficult, but here is how to land your dream job!

Today’s transport industry is still about moving, supply and storing things, but ‘things’ can include anything and everything from people and animals to goods and services and moving them happens by road, sea and air. We are all impacted by the transport industry in our daily life, without it we wouldn’t be able to get to work in the morning, fly away on holiday or receive birthday cards in the mail.

Because every person in every industry in the world is influenced by and relies upon transport and logistics, it follows that a career in the industry is a stable path with unlimited opportunities for progression and advancement. 


No matter whether you’re interested in studying a university qualification in engineering, logistics or management or looking at getting in on the ground level in warehouse operations or driving, a career in the transport and logistics industry can be demanding and rewarding.  Given the broad scope of the industry, it is no exaggeration to say that no two days will ever be the same.  Besides developing a diverse skillset that translates to global opportunities, the dynamic nature of the work also makes for a challenging and fulfilling career and means being part of an industry that really does make the world go round.

Airline pilots jobs are hard to get without experience
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Whether by road, rail, air or sea, passenger and freight services require a lot of behind the scenes gurus to control process, strategy and monitor regulations. This is where careers in procurement, freight forwarding and distribution management come into play.  Also, during the supply chain process, goods usually need to be stored somewhere before continuing on to their destination.  Warehouse, storage and inventory personnel are essential in making sure products are stored safely and dispatched effectively.  Once passengers and freight are in transit, there are a staggering array of vehicles, machinery and infrastructure required to get them to their destination as well as skilled personnel required operate and maintain them.


The transport personnel on the ground are often the public face of the organisation they work for and are not only responsible for getting passengers and freight from A to B, but also for providing an efficient and friendly service along the way.   Due to the nature of the industry and it’s impact on every individual and organisation, customer service is a priority at all operational levels.  No matter if you’re the bicycle courier, air hostess or rail driver, your ability to communicate effectively with customers is essential.  Your reward is knowing that you’re making a tangible difference every day by working with a team to ensure passengers and freight reach their destination safely and on time.

Truck licences are required to get many jobs in the transport industry
Truck licences are required to get ma...

 If you’re ready to get behind the wheel of a career in the transport and logistics industry, see a local careers counsellor to discuss your options and find out the qualifications required for the kinds of roles you are interested in.  It might be time to go back to university and re-skill or formalise your qualifications, get hands on with a TAFE certificate or diploma course or undergo testing for the required licenses and tickets.

Updated: 12/01/2015, RobertKeith
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