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Transport and Logistics

Are you interested in a career in Transport and Logistics? In this section you can find out more about what occupations in this sector involve along with advice about how to access a career in Transport and Logistics.

Job Description for Transport and Logistics

Logistics involves the delivery of goods and freight from one location to another, along with the unloading of cargo. Duties of logistics workers include trucking, inventory control, inventory tracking, product handling and storage, merchandise assembly and pricing and ticketing.

One of the main occupations in the Logistics sector is that of Logistics/Distribution Manager. Logistics Managers are responsible for organising shipments, coordinating transport, operating IT systems, negotiating contracts, creating schedules, foreseeing potential technical difficulties and solutions, managing employees, implementing health and safety procedures, storage and distribution of goods and freight.

Occupations in Transport and Logistics

  • Freight forwarder
  • Logistics and distribution manager
  • Maintenance engineer
  • Marketing executive
  • Merchant navy officer
  • Passenger transport manager
  • Transport planner

Skills needed to work in Transport and Logistics

  • IT skills
  • Managerial skills
  • Numeracy skills
  • Motivational skills
  • Ability to work well as part of a team
  • Logical reasoning/Practical problem-solving ability
  • Organisational and planning skills
  • Ability to deal with the unexpected and work well under pressure
  • Communication/Customer service skills
  • Flexible, adaptable and mobile

Qualifications needed for a career in Transport and Logistics

For managerial positions in transport, any degree subject is normally accepted. On the other hand, managerial roles in logistics often require a logistics related degree, whilst engineering jobs will require an engineering degree. There are other jobs within transport and logistics which do not require a degree but rather professional qualifications or apprenticeships. The majority of employees in this sector do not have a degree.

Top UK universities for Logistics degrees

  • Birmingham City University
  • Aston University
  • University of Derby
  • University of South Wales
  • Liverpool John Moores University
  • Plymouth University
  • Northumbria University
  • University of Wales Trinity Saint David
  • Middlesex University
  • Canterbury Christ Church University

Employers of Transport and Logistics Graduates / Main Graduate Employers

Transport and Logistics professionals are required in most organisations. A number of large UK organisations offer graduate schemes in the sector, including: Arriva, British Airways, Transport for London, EasyJet, DHL, Royal Mail Group, GIST and Network Rail. It is also possible to apply speculatively for positions within SMEs.

Average salary for Transport and Logistics graduates in the UK

The average UK salary for Transports and Logistics graduates is £25,000 per year. Sheffield is the highest paid location in the UK for those working in the sector.

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