Thirty percent: that’s the annual growth rate of logistics and supply chain jobs that require trained and educated people. That’s according to a recent presentation from the Railway Management Program. And according to the American Trucking Association, the current shortage of 48,000 truck drivers is projected to increase to more than 175,000 by the year 2024.
Statistics like these exist because every company uses logistics in some form to find what customers need and get it to them in the most efficient way possible.
And logistics jobs are available for people at all education levels, with on-the-job training, certifications and hands-on experience landing candidates jobs as forklift operators, truck drivers, assembly line and warehouse workers.
So how do you land your logistics job?
1. High School Degree or GED
For lower-level logistics jobs, most employers prefer applicants who have a high school degree or GED. Mid-level managers or experienced logistics or supply chain executives who have an advanced degree manage these employees.
2. Serving in the U.S. Military
According to Digital Supply Chain, four years served in the U.S. Military sets an applicant up for a rewarding career in logistics and supply chain.
“Logistics operations are extremely important in the armed forces, and getting positions in supply chain management is rarely a problem. The practical experience provided by four years of military service is often enough for a mid-level logistics position in a civilian organization.”
3. An understanding of federal safety regulations
Because the logistics industry involves the transport of goods and services, safety is of critical importance. Which means it’s helpful to go into a situation with a basic awareness of federal regulations set forth by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
OSHA regulations will be covered in on-the-job and ongoing training exercises, but having an understanding of standard safety requirements gives you an edge in an interview and a jump start on the job.
You can find out more about OSHA Safety Training here.
4. Hard work and ingenuity
Because so many in-house training programs and certifications exist, the logistics industry tends to promote from within, helping dedicated employees advance in a company they’re already familiar with and whose culture they understand.
This is good news for hardworking, low-level employees who have their eye on advancement within an organization or industry.
As always, trust your recruiter to give you valuable information about an organization and its culture, the hiring manager or interviewer, specific job requirements and sources for more information before you go into an interview.
Between your experience and preparation, you will be one step closer to landing your logistics job and a rewarding, long-term career.
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