Logistics is the time related positioning of resources. It is likely to offer significant responsibility early in your career.
Many employers accept a degree in any subject. A postgraduate specialised degree can be helpful but is not essential.
Employers include charities and government agencies as well as manufacturing and retail companies, third party logistics companies and logistics consultancies.
Supply chain management is a sub-division of logistics. Shipbroking, the chartering of ships for transport of bulk freight, also falls into this sector.
The links on the transport sector page give useful background information.
Follow the links below for profiles of common occupations in this sector:
Careers in Logistics - a careers information, news and job vacancy website.
Institute of Supply Chain Management (IoSCM) - offers internationally recognised qualifications and information on industry developments, covering all aspects of supply chain operations from purchasing to manufacturing, logistics to general management.
Freight Transport Association (FTA) - one of the UK’s largest trade associations. It represents the transport interests of companies moving goods by road, rail, sea and air. Its site contains key policy and compliance issues.
British International Freight Association (BIFA) - the primary body representing the UK international freight services industry. Its directory of members can be searched online.
Humanitarian Logistics Association (HLA) was established in 2005 to increase recognition and awareness of the work done by logistics professionals in the humanitarian field. The HLA’s Certificate in Humanitarian Logistics is for those already working in the sector.
Logistics Learning Alliance (LLA) - Global provider of supply chain and logistics training, offering CILT (UK) and IOSCM accredited qualifications as well as a unique set of humanitarian logistics qualifications.
Women in Logistics - provides networking and professional development events, both in person and online, as well as operating highly active LinkedIn and Twitter accounts.
Baltic Exchange - for shipbrokers, owners and charterers. Much of the site is restricted but the 'About Us' section has useful information.
Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS) - professional body for those engaged in shipbroking. The site includes information about the institute and the qualifications it offers. It also contains a News and Careers section.
Logistics Manager - useful features, case studies, and vacancy listings. You need to register to access the features, but it's free and quick
NB vacancies may also be listed in many of the sites above.