Production and operations jobs revolve around the storing and movement of physical goods, whether it’s transporting them in a freight vehicle or seeing to their placement in a warehouse.
Those working in the physical element of production and ops should feel natural behind a wheel and comfortable working with and around heavy objects and materials, while those in the management and logistics side of things should have an instinct for timing and how to effectively coordinate movements. However, both of these parties should understand organisation and efficiency, whether it’s finding room to put stock in a warehouse or figuring out the best way to deliver goods and wares.
Special licenses are required for those looking to work with freight or loading vehicles, which can be obtained from private licensing businesses. Those in management or logistics should have a related degree in business or mathematics, specifically in statistics.
Roles and salary
What does a forklift driver do?
Forklift drivers operate specialised pallet lifting vehicles. Typically, they will move and store goods in a warehouse or similar facility, as well as unload and load trucks for dispatching these same goods.
Forklift driver salary: 37,000 per year to 59,000 per year.
What does a logistics coordinator do?
Logistics coordinators handle the flow of wares, stocks and goods between the manufacturer and consumers. They handle travel arrangements, track inventory, and keep detailed records of the movement of stock.
Logistics coordinator salary: 41,000 per year to 80,000 per year.
What does a freight forwarder do?
Freight forwarders see to the delivery of goods from manufacturers to consumers by whatever transport is necessary – planes, trains, trucks etc.
Freight forwarder salary: 31,000 to 66,000 per year.