There are a wide range of career opportunities in the transport industry, not only in the air and at sea but also on land.
The industry is divided into five distinct sectors: road transportation, marine transportation, air transportation, rail transportation and logistical support services. These sectors cover the transportation of both goods (raw materials, finished products, parcel and courier services, etc.) and passengers (school children, the elderly, tourists, persons with special needs and public transit users).
Working in a distinct field of activity, today’s drivers and pilots, in addition to operating their specific means of transportation, carry out different duties and assignments. They have, so to speak, the task and responsibility of driving people and delivering goods while conforming to the applicable laws and regulations for their vehicle. The vast majority must also perform certain maintenance and troubleshooting tasks and usually round out the remainder of their time with administrative tasks. There are a number of other trades that support these transportation related operations, including logistics technicians, dispatchers, carriers and handlers, forklift operators and various other warehouse jobs. In addition to these careers, there are also various jobs in tourism and management that are essential to the smooth running of this field of activity.
The basic requirements for those wishing to work in the transport industry are to have the relevant licence as well as the certificate of competency required for operating the chosen means of transportation, be it a heavy vehicle, boat, train or plane. Being familiar with all the laws and regulations in force within their sector is also an essential requirement.
Vital to the smooth running of innumerable industries, the transportation sector is a powerful economic and social lever in many countries worldwide as well as being a strategic element for many businesses.