Logistics is a multi-billion pound sector! Everything happens because of logistics - by land, sea, or air, everything is delivered to different houses and companies all across the world. That means there's much more to the industry than just driving lorries around and, if you like travel, logistics could be for you!
What can I do in logistics?
Logistics is a journey that everyone takes part in. The process starts with people arranging the order; you could be ordering hundreds of tonnes of items depending on where you work, food, technology, clothes... Anything! Then the logistics team has to work out how it gets to its destination. This is quite tricky when you have so much to deliver - your job might be to work out the cheapest way to get things delivered on time. Would you use a plane (which is faster, but can't take as much), or a container ship (slower, but cheaper)...?
Once you've found a way for the cargo to reach Essex, then you have to take it from there and deliver it either to an individual house or to a company if its an order to go into shops. Hundreds and thousands of items are stored in warehouses after they arrive into the UK, so this needs to be seriously managed so that everything is in order! From there, packers get the right items onto large lorries, where the most skilled drivers take to the roads to see the delivery through!
Taking off your career?
- The London Southend Airport Co Ltd in Essex directly employs over 150 people such as pilots, baggage handlers or translators.
- Computer Skills
Top advertised jobs
- Crane Driver
- Air Traffic Controller
- Storage Manager
- Ship and Hovercraft Officer
- Mobile Machine Operator
Learning about Logistics
If you're not sold on logistics yet, just look at how much you could earn in the sector! Essex is well known for logistics and, with four major ports and two airports here, this is one of the best places in the UK to work in logistics.
I started as a terminal operative at London Gateway where it was my job to help transport containers around the port. Now I'm an electrical engineer. Working with such a wide variety of equipment makes no two days the same!" - Daniel, DP World
What's out there for me?
We like to think that there's a bit of everyone who can find something exciting about at least one of these job roles, but if you're not quite seeing your dream role here, you'll definitely find it on other sites like: careersthatmove.co.uk.
Freight Forwarder: £28k - £32k+
The kings and queens of transport strategy. Freight forwarders plan the most effective means of getting cargo where it needs to be. From route planning, costing, security and more, freight forwarders always keep things moving in the right direction... Literally!
Distribution Manager: £25k - £35k+
When you've got hundreds of tonnes of goods, you need someone to take proper care of them all and make sure that they end up in the right places! Are you organised and can you think on your feet? If so, you could be a distribution manager. Distribution managers help organise all of the stock and the staff that moves it too!
Control Tower Manager: £40k - £50k+
Take to the skies without really leaving the ground! Control tower managers work in a small team using the best technology to monitor all import and export traffic and handle cross-border relations. The manager also gets to develop and manage reporting tools to make sure that everything is secure and well located.
Merchant Navy Officer: £25k - £32k+
Say 'ahoy' to the sellers of the sea! The merchant navy officer keeps everything ship-shape by monitoring deck machinery, coordinating the safe loading of cargo, recording stock and costs and dealing with legal matters - all whilst out on the ocean!
Transport Planner: £20k - £30k+
A transport planner has the role of investigating all the methods of transportation and looking at ways to improve the system. These people shape the future of transport to make sure that it keeps up with the ever-changing world, dealing with climate change, technology and even politics!
How to get into logistics
Depending on the role you're interested in, you may want to consider a higher level qualification or degree, or if you want to begin at the entry level, simply gaining valuable work experience or offering some time voluntarily will be just as helpful in beginning your logistics career. People in logistics are often quite strategic and good at getting things done quickly. An apprenticeship will help you build those skills if you're not quite confident in these things yet.
If you are thinking about college, there may be specific logistics courses or modules you can take, but other courses like business management, languages, or even STEM subjects (science, technology, english and maths) are all subjects that will impress employers.