The large and lucrative transport industry transports people, goods and products all over the world. Transport professionals’ moves are quick, efficient and cost-effective.

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.This can be particularly complex when transporting products to different regions in the world.

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 bachelor 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 nontraditional hours according to transport schedules, shipment and delivery times and public transportation operations.

Professional associations and industry bodies

Australasian Railway Association 

Australian Logistics Council 

Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport  

Logistics Association of Australia 

Supply Chain and Logistics Association of Australia

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