Transport and Logistics

Working in this sector you could be a truck or tanker driver transporting freight from one end of the country to the other. You could be a courier, taxi or uber driver dropping off parcels or people to their required destinations, or maybe you do the school run and drive a bus.  

Maybe on the road isn’t for you and you are happy in a warehouse environment, picking and packing the orders, or working out the logistics of getting items from point A to point B.

Whichever sector you decide to work in one thing for sure is the industry is always ‘on the move!’

What does this industry cover?

This is an industry that is embracing new technologies and is looking for young people to help them along the way.

Changes in this sector include autonomous vehicles ( already in operation in the mining sector) which has led to skills in demand for those that can interpret and analyse big data as vehicles will have the ability to communicate with other vehicles and also with infrastructure.

Another change is the Internet of Things (IoT) which can enhance the tracking of freight transportation and warehousing operations.

With the advent of technology consumers are shopping 24 hours a day and blockchain systems are able to not only let you track  your order but also add value by identifying the origin of goods enabling transparency and customer satisfaction.

Job hunting information

Transporting freight by road has the largest employment in the transport and logistics sector, so it is no surprise that the top priority skill for this industry is: driving. Other skills needed are compliance skills, health and safety, operational skills and digital skills.

Transport companies could have a range of vacancies listed on their websites, especially if they have warehousing facilities on their premises.  Don’t just look at the companies themselves have a look at ports in your capital city, councils and government transport departments in your state.

You should set yourself up job alerts and follow companies on social media. Contact companies directly to see if you need any special tickets or licences beforehand.

Information for further research

Industry information is published by peak level associations, government and major employers.  Accessing industry association sites, including member lists, is a good way of building up an understanding of an industry.  Visiting employer websites and looking for careers or employment menus helps identify how employers recruit and the skills they are recruiting.

Employment and wage data for this industry

Apprenticeships Employment Size

This is a medium to large industry for Australian Apprenticeship commencements. In the year to September 2019, commencements were: 8116

Source: VOCSTATS, extracted on 14/04/2020. AATIS analysis.

Commencements Change

Commencements in the year to September 2019 in this industry have remained stable, compared with the previous year.

Source: VOCSTATS, extracted on 14/04/2020. AATIS analysis.

Apprentice Employment Outcomes

For Australian Apprentice graduates from this industry, employment outcomes are medium to high.

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2017, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Industry Employment Size

This is a large sized industry compared with other Australian industries.

Source: Department of Education, Skills and Employment, 2019. AATIS analysis.

Industry Employment Change

Over the past 5 years, change in employment in this industry has increased.

Source: Department of Education, Skills and Employment, 2019. AATIS analysis.

Industry Wage

The average wage of all employees in this industry is medium.

Source: Department of Education, Skills and Employment, 2019. AATIS analysis.

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