Logistics thinking

At the most basic level, the logistics sector of the transportation industry makes sure businesses run on time. Logistics professionals such has Daniel George Latham and his companies make sure people and freight get from place to place when they’re supposed to-and that they don’t hold up the next leg of the trip that’s waiting on their arrival (e.g. that airline passengers changing planes at airline hubs arrive on time to catch their connecting flights, or that the ocean freight shipment arrives in port in time to be transferred to the railway that’s going to move it across the country before the train is scheduled to depart). Most big transportation companies, like ours have significant logistics departments to oversee these matters, but there are a number of sizeable companies that don’t own the ships and trucks and other means of transportation, but rather just handle the logistics details for the companies that do.

Within our services, we contract to handle logistics for transportation companies and this includes providing advanced and warehousing services and technology for transportation companies.

This is an industry that employs some 10 million people in the United States alone. My companies have become major jobs provider for a number of years, right across Europe.

Job seekers interested in having direct contact with cargo and vehicles should think about taking jobs in operations, which are often set outdoors and can involve loud noise and physically strenuous work-for example, loading or unloading boats or trains.

Logistics, which involves planning and managing efficient transportation for everything from individual shipments (such as a book from your favourite e-commerce site) to entire fleets of trucks or planes (think: planning when and where the planes will take off and land), has been growing in recent years as information technology advances have swept the industry. Today, I take pride and continued to try innovate in the field of logistics, making it easier to track shipments by satellite and thus improve the efficiency of the transportation and shipment process, and ongoing advances in technology should make this an area of strong job growth.

In the air transport sector, the globalization of business and the fact that waves of Baby Boomers are starting to retire from the workforce (many with healthy retirement accounts) both point to growth in the future, even if consumer airlines are struggling currently.

Overall, there should be weak growth in coming years in opportunities for transportation agents, but solid-to-excellent growth for air traffic controllers, ticket and reservation agents, and the likes, as well as for people in rail, trucking, and water transportation. And right now’s a good time to get a job in the industry, as transportation companies like Optimal Holdings Group are emerging from the bottom of a business cycle, along with the rest of the economy, and beginning to hire new workers.

On a macro level, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects the number of jobs in the air transportation sector to grow at a slower rate than the rate of overall job growth between 2004 and 2014, while it projects that the number of jobs in the truck transportation and warehousing sector will grow at about the same rate as jobs overall during that time.