In our modern society when products and components for devices are manufactured in separate countries, the transport industry is ever more vital to the economy. Even when resources are produced locally, they still require a delivery truck or train to transport the raw materials to production locations, and then the finished product to retail outlets.
There are many workers employed by the transport industry, both those who are directly involved with transport such as drivers, pilots and captains to those working in supporting roles packing, loading, setting up, dispatching and planning for transport services. Logistics workers and supply/distribution managers handle the logistical aspects of product supply and distribution for companies and organisations, hiring and coordinating the transport process.
In addition to product transportation, the transport industry also includes public and private transportation systems that transport people from one place to another. Careers in this sector include aircraft pilots, bus drivers, chauffers and subway or tram operators. In many areas, especially cities, people rely on public transportation to get to and from work, and they rely on school bus drivers to pick up children for school. Public transportation can also provide benefits to the environment by reducing individual vehicle use. Aircraft and helicopter pilots are also vital to transporting passengers over long distances.
Individuals pursuing a career in the transport industry should complete bachelors and postgraduate degrees in business, finance, human resources and specific transport and logistics operations within business, engineering and ICT fields. Professionals in the transport industry may work untraditional hours according to transport schedules, shipment and delivery times and public transportation operations.
Careers in Transport
Air Transport Professionals include pilots who fly aeroplanes and helicopters, air traffic controllers who manage the safe and orderly flow of aircraft and flight attendants who manage the aircraft while in operation.
Automobile Drivers drive company as well as private vehicles to transport passengers to their desired locations. They should have a strong driving record and professional conduct when dealing with passengers.
Bus and Coach Drivers are responsible for safely transporting passengers to their destinations on time via set routes or on guided journeys or tours.
Car Park Attendants manage car parking structures and outdoor parking areas. They ensure the security of cars parked from theft or vandalism, collect fees required by private or public entities and park or help locate automobiles.
Chauffers drive company and private vehicles to transport passengers to their desired locations. They should have a strong driving record and a very professional demeanour when dealing with passengers. Chauffers are considered as specialist drivers and should show higher knowledge and desire to serve individualised client needs.
Transport Conductors are more commonly referred to as ticket salespersons. They are the people in charge of selling tickets to travelers as well as making reservations for them. They provide these services for transport vehicles going to a variety of places. Transportation conductors are also able to provide travelers with information such as the best route to get to a particular area or help them to reschedule a trip.
Delivery Drivers transfer small, medium or bulk orders to individuals, stores and warehouses. They may drive trucks, vans or cars and should have a clean driving record and be able to ensure the preservation and quality of goods transported. Delivery Drivers may work for food chains or caterers delivering food orders, for individual companies delivering items sold to customers, or for large-scale commercial operations delivering items from production locations to stores and restaurants.
Despatch Clerks manage the scheduling, production, tracking and documentation involved in moving freight, commodities or people form one place to another. They organise the shipment and collection of goods for import and export. Despatch Clerks must have strong decision-making skills and be able to work in a fast-paced work environment.
Bus and Coach Drivers carry passengers along scheduled routes on buses or for travel or recreational needs to specified locations. They must be able to operate a large vehicle, adhering to all traffic and safety laws and maintaining accurate schedule of stops.
Forklift Drivers use forklifts to transport or organise large containers, crates and bulk items which are too heavy to be lifted or easily moved, to alternate vehicles or locations. They must have a special category drivers license and be able to items safely and efficiently.
Train and Tram Drivers carry passengers and cargo along scheduled routes for travel, distribution or transportation to specified locations. They must be able to operate large vehicles on rail networks, adhering to all operational procedures and safety laws and maintaining accurate schedule of stops.
Truck Drivers transport large quantities of products, goods, machinery and materials along scheduled routes on behalf of companies. They must be able to operate large vehicles, adhering to all traffic and safety laws and maintaining accurate schedule of stops and delivery times.
Automobile Drivers drive company as well as private vehicles to transport passengers to their desired locations. They should have strong driving records and professional conduct when dealing with passengers.
Driving Instructors teach classes or individuals the laws and safety practices of effective driving. They instruct new drivers on driving techniques and often provide hands-on experience in a motor vehicle. They should have patience and strong communication skills to provide feedback to drivers and correct errors in a safe and effective way.
Exporters, often grouped in with importers and wholesalers, may be hired by governments or private businesses to plan and coordinate the import or export of particular goods. Exporters also sometimes are entrepreneurs and start their own exporting and wholesaling businesses.
Flight Attendants are employed by airline companies to assist passengers during aircraft flight; they ensure the comfort and safety of passengers by providing personal services. They are responsible for directing passengers during emergencies, and administering first aid, when necessary.
Aeroplane Flying Instructors tutor, teach, instruct, and lecture how to fly different types of crafts. They use flight simulators as well as dual-controlled crafts for teaching methods. Instructors must have a strong knowledge of maintenance procedures and craft components, as well as hold a Commercial Pilot License, and an Instructor Rating; they may also be required to hold a Night Visual Flight Rules Rating, and/or a Command Instrument Rating.
Freight and Furniture Handlers secure and move objects, freight, stock, and other materials between storage facilities and forms of transport. They may work with loads in trucks, rail cars, containers, and ships. They may also be responsible for checking in loads upon arrival and exit.
Assistants to Furniture Handlers and Removers secure and move items between residences, commercial buildings, storage facilities and transport vehicles. They assist in loading shipments into trucks and moving vehicles. Glass, wood, and other easily damaged aspects of furniture must be handled with care to avoid breakage and damage.
Importers, exporters and wholesalers manage the operations associated with importing and exporting materials as well as wholesale. They must have strong coordination and organisational abilities and work with multiple stakeholders.
Leaflet and Newspaper Deliverers hand out leaflets and pamphlets and distribute newspapers according to mapped routes. Leaflet and Newspaper Deliverers may stand, walk or ride bikes or vehicles to distribute items. They must work according to a time schedule and perform repetitive tasks. (This section also covers additional Labourers including, Car Park Attendants, Crossing Supervisors, Sign Erectors, Ticket Collectors, Ushers and Trolley Collectors).
Logistics Managers handle the logistical aspects of product supply and distribution for companies and organisations. They should have strong coordination and organisational abilities and work with multiple stakeholders.
Air Transport Pilots operate and fly planes, helicopters and other air transportation. They must complete comprehensive training programs and be able to safely operate large equipment while ensuring the safety of passengers.
Radio Despatchers are part of a larger group of clerical and administrative professionals. Their key function is to man radio equipment and receive messages as they are sent in. Despatchers will then convey information to the appropriate party via radio equipment.
Stewards, also referred to as Travel Attendants, provide services to ensure the safety and comfort of passengers as they travel. Stewards serve on planes, trains and ships.
Supply and Distribution Managers oversee and coordinate the storage and distribution operations within an organisation. These managers also supervise workers who receive, store, and ship products.
Taxi Drivers use motorised vehicles, often taxis, minibuses, or vans, to move people from one place to another for a fare. The fare is set by the area in which the taxi driver provides the service. Taxi drivers, also called cab drivers, must hold a valid license to both drive and operate a taxi service. Many taxi drivers work for larger companies such as Yellow Cab or Alliance Cab.
Transport Service Managers oversee and coordinate inbound and outbound sales, leasing and rentals of transportation vehicles. These vehicles may be used to transport goods and passengers throughout the transportation industry.
Tyre Fitters are part of a larger industry group known as motor vehicle parts and accessories fitters. Specifically, tyre fitters work with cars to fit tyres onto vehicles. They also repair tyres as needed.
Warehouse Assistants, also known as store persons, receive and send goods to and from warehouses. They handle goods in warehouses as well, which may entail taking inventory and physically moving stock.
Wholesalers, often grouped in with importers and exporters, may be hired by governments or private businesses to plan and coordinate the import, export, or wholesale of particular goods. Wholesalers also sometimes are entrepreneurs and start their own exporting and wholesaling businesses.
Professional associations and industry bodies
Skills and personality
- Collaborate with multiple departments, professionals and stakeholders on transportation
- Evaluation and assessment of individual transport steps and performance
- Excellent coordination abilities associated with packaging and transporting people and products
- High attention to detail ensuring products dont get lost or damaged during transport
- Highly organised and able to plan all details of transport system
- Managerial skills managing large groups of people performing diverse roles
- Problem solving abilities when unforseen occurrences happen during the transportation process
- Special license for operating large vehicles, train systems, ships or aircrafts
- Strong analytical skills to identify improvements that can be made in the transport process
- Strong communication skills dealing with passengers and professionals working in different roles