The logistics industry is concerned with the safe and timely delivery of goods and freight from one place to another, as well as the packing and unloading of the cargo. Other duties like pricing and ticketing, inventory control and merchandise assembly may also be performed by logistics workers.
Most jobs are in private industry and government. You will find that some jobs are more administrative in nature while others require more physical work and perhaps even travel. The level of education required depends on the nature of the role, some positions require no formal education, some a TAFE course and others a full uni degree.
Some of the main duties you could expect to perform include organising trucking, inventory tracking, merchandise delivery, unpacking, product storage and handling. Customer service, filling orders and data entry are also sometimes required. Logistics managers have additional responsibilities like maintaining inventory, training employees, enforcing safety standards, scheduling work and ordering merchandise. While most managers are required to have a degree, some work their way up from an entry logistics position.
Logistics clerks organise the transport of stock between warehouses and to and from other companies or organisations. They interpret order data and use this information to make decisions that will impact production schedules. Logistics clerks work right across the country, making sure that stock can move between businesses in the right quantities and in the most efficient manner possible.
Logistics clerks work in storerooms, offices, production plants and warehouses within manufacturing, warehousing and other large businesses. Conditions in warehouses may vary from cold in the winter to hot and dusty in the summertime. They usually work regular business hours, but may be required to work longer hours at times.