Build key business skills for a growing specialisation by studying a logistics course.
What do logistics graduates do?
Graduates of logistics courses manage the supply of goods and services, and perform all tasks required for the smooth handling and management of a business’s products. You can expect to perform tasks like:
- Procuring supplies and stock and sending orders to production departments;
- Confirming completion of orders and compliance with details specified, signing tally sheets and attached to checked items;
- Receiving and checking purchase requests against inventory records and stock on hand;
- Examining orders and compiling data for production schedules;
- Checking inventories and preparing delivery schedules;
- Examining containers to ensure they are filled and recording quantities;
- Managing, rotating and recording stock levels;
- Investigating and identifying supply sources and preparing and processing purchase orders;
- Providing price and other information about goods to prospective customers;
- Counting incoming stock and reconciling it with requisitions;
- Updating inventory and stock location records;
- Establishing and coordinating the operating procedures for receiving, handling, storing and shipping goods; and
- Performing other general administrative tasks.
You’ll enjoy working in logistics if you:
- Enjoy problem-solving
- Are a natural leader
- Enjoy making decisions
- Have a head for logistics, administration and planning
- Have excellent organisational and time management skills
- Work well under pressure
- Can work autonomously
- Enjoy physical work
- Like getting things done
The Australian Government’s Job Outlook predicts strong growth in job opportunities for logistics managers over the next decade, predicting available jobs in the profession will grow by approximately 10 per cent by 202.
Currently employing approximately 23,700 people, the logistics profession is predicted to grow to employ approximately 26,000 people by 2020. Employment opportunities in the profession have contracted slightly over the past decade, but Job Outlook predicts they are likely to rise steadily over the next decade.
PayScale offers average salary predictions for a range of roles in the logistics and supply chain sectors. Logistics managers may earn on average between $54,000 and $119,000 per year, with an annual average salary of approximately $78,000. Logistics coordinators can expect to earn between $48,000 and $74,000, with an average annual salary of approximately $54,000.
A supply chain manager may expect to earn between $73,000 and $185,000 per year, with an average annual salary of approximately $110,000; however, PayScale notes that over 40 per cent of supply chain managers have more than 20 years of professional work experience, which affects earning capacity.