[box type="shadow"]Logistics according to the Council of Logistics Management is ” the process that deals with planning, implementing and controlling the efficient flow of goods, services and information from the point-of-origin to the point-of-consumption in order to meet the customers’ requirements.” The activities in logistics include transportation, warehousing, freight, delivery and customer support. [/box]
[box type="shadow"]Careers in logistics encompass all these activities. The objective of logistics is to improve the competitive advantage of a company. Corporations in recent years have invested heavily to improve their logistics, thus logistical careers are considered to be a part of a growing field.[/box]
The working hours can vary in logistics and transportation; most times, shift work is required. Goods and supplies are constantly being shipped and moved from one place to another, which requires a team of employees to ensure those goods make it from point A to point B. For instance, a cargo ship may bring in a load of electronics from overseas. While that cargo ship is docking at a port, an employee may be organizing and making room in the port warehouse where the goods from the ship will be stored for the time being. The arrival of the goods must be logged in, as well.
A job in logistics and transportation may entail working for a small family-owned business, such as couriers and taxi companies. Larger, international corporations also need such workers. These larger employers may own massive fleets of ships, planes, trains and automobiles that have various functions worldwide.
Of course, most logistics and transportation employers require hardworking individuals. But many also need people who are physically in good shape. They want workers to be able to work long shifts and carry heavy loads. Logistics employees must communicate effectively with others. A career in logistics and transportation may require that employees are able to stay calm in extraordinary conditions and circumstances. Employers prefer those who can be flexible with their schedules, as well.
If you are interested in a career in logistics and transportation, most companies will provide on-the-job training. Many employers want those with “hands on” experience and will train the right individuals for specific jobs. Extensive, specialized training programs are necessary for vocations such as railroad conductors, pilots, air traffic controllers and postal workers. Warehouse workers may be required to pass yearly certifications that will keep them up to date on safety regulations.
Entry level jobs in the logistics and transportation field include warehouse and purchasing workers, delivery drivers and postal workers. Self-employment is also an option. Many truck drivers and instructors gained knowledge and experience through a previous employer before branching out on their own. Logistics and transportation careers are available worldwide, so there is often the opportunity to work overseas. Promotions and continuing education classes may lead to the following jobs: warehouse manager, purchasing manager, freight manager and supply chain analyst.[/box]