Transportation Jobs

The transport industry is one where everything is literally on the move, including you, all the time. The industry environment is complex and includes air, land and sea transport. Delivery schedules, contracts, customs, shipping regulations, freight laws, and other requirements are built in to the industry's operations.

Types of jobs

These departments shape the nature of the industry, its jobs, and careers:

  • Transportation: Drivers, pilots, train drivers, support staff, couriers, airline crews, ship crews.
  • Distribution: Stevedores, warehousing, local freight carriers, contract haulers.
  • Administration: Corporate business administration and customer support.
  • Logistics: Freight systems design and management.
  • Corporate management: Management of road, rail, airline and shipping companies.

Training and qualifications

Transport includes a lot of specialist jobs, as well as the more normal office jobs, and some unique career roles. In some cases for transport workers, their qualifications require international recognition. Training and qualification requirements range from basic certificates to college degrees:

  • Transportation: Drivers licenses, industry certificates, OHS certificates, pilots licenses, maritime licenses, rail licenses, trades certificates. Many of these jobs include licenses to handle hazardous material and other special freight. All licenses and certificates have various classes.
  • Distribution: Trades certificates, OHS certificates, specialist licenses for crane and forklift operators, licenses for specialist carriers.
  • Administration: Administration, accountancy, and business qualifications.
  • Logistics: College degrees in supply chain management and logistics.
  • Corporate management: Higher business qualifications.

Career paths

The public image of the industry varies between airline pilot level and truck drivers. That's almost entirely misleading in terms of career opportunities. For every truck driver and pilot there are many more jobs and careers in other areas. In many cases, careers in the transport industry are really business careers. Some of the biggest companies in the world are transport companies, and corporate careers are very much in the ballpark.

The qualifications and training are a good indication of the scope of possible careers, and skills in the transport industry are good CV material in other industries. The world moves through the transport industry, and all major commercial employers have transport and freight management roles. The specialist jobs can also lead to management positions. The degree related jobs are also potential major career assets, leading to PhDs.

The career environment

The public image of the industry hasn't done much justice to recent upgrades in workplace conditions, either. Most major transport companies are modern, equal opportunity employers, and working conditions are good. Smaller employers may or may not meet these standards, but overall the transport industry is on a par with other workplaces.

Transport jobs involve an environment which is based on deadlines, regulations and costs. It's a high performance industry. This is the really demanding part of the workplace environment. It's also why employers put high value on experienced staff, people who know the demands of the industry. Career tracks often include a rise from the most basic transport jobs to management, and the amount of experience that involves.