You might not give it a whole lot of thought in your daily life, but the transport, postal and warehousing industry is much bigger than you might expect. This industry is made up for all the drivers of cars, trucks, trains, boats and planes, all the mail sorters and postal workers, as well as all those souls who work behind the scenes in warehousing. These are the guys who get you to where you need to be, get all your online purchases to you safe and sound, and likely they’re also the guys who are making and sorting out all the stuff you buy in the first place. They’re really the unsung heroes of daily life.
Will it suit me?
If you like getting behind the wheel, then you could look at making transport your career, whether that be flying high in an aeroplane or sticking nearby as an Uber driver. Postal work, warehousing and some forms of transport can also be great for people who don’t have a great deal of experience, but want to get some work under their belt and potentially move up the ranks of the industry. Logistics is another important aspect of transport, postal and warehousing, so if you think you’ve got a knack for organising things and getting stuff done in the most efficient way, that aspect of the work can be pretty appealing.
What jobs can I do?
Aeroplane or helicopter pilot, air traffic controller, flying instructor, airport workers, baggage handler, flight attendant, aircraft engineer, mechanic, truck driver, courier, delivery driver, postal deliverer, mail sorter, mail clerk, taxi driver, chauffeur, Uber driver, bus driver, tour driver, tram driver, train driver, train controller, transport conductor, ticket seller, railway track worker, boat captain, deckhand, ship’s engineer, marine transport officer, forklift driver, freight handler, logistics, order clerk, purchasing officer, stock clerk, warehouse administrator, store person, supply and distribution manager, import-export clerk, warehouse worker, factory worker, furniture removalist.
How can I get there?
Jobs in transport are generally classed as “low-skilled”, meaning that you don’t need to go to university to get qualified. However, almost a third of transport workers have been to TAFE or have a VET qualification, and many driving jobs require a special kind of vehicle licence, such as for a heavy rigid, a multi-combination vehicle or a boat. It all depends on what role in the industry you want to get into – a mechanic or engineer, for example, will need to go through TAFE or university, while an Uber driver will simply need to meet the eligibility criteria, namely have a license and a well-functioning car.
Is it a good industry?
It’s a working class industry with strong unions, regulated working conditions and some pretty good benefits. This means that workers tend to stick around. In fact, 51% of transport, postal and warehousing workers are aged 45 years and over. On the flipside, just 7% of workers are between 15 and 24, so it’s not a very popular industry for younger people.