May 11, 2016

When you were a child, what did you want be when you grew up? A doctor? A firefighter? Maybe an astronaut?

Chance are that you didn’t grow up dreaming of one day working in the Transportation & Logistics industry.

What you likely didn’t know at 10 years old is that transportation affects nearly every commodity consumed! In the US, trucks transport $671 billion worth of goods every year. To further convey the impact that transportation has on our lives, let’s think about something we consume daily – groceries. Every day Americans purchase billions of dollars of groceries. Without trucks running daily deliveries, we would experience minor food shortages in 1 – 2 days. Consumer fear and panic would accelerate significant shortages in just 3 – 4 days. This same concept applies to deliveries of fuel, hospital supplies and much more!

The significance of transportation and logistics also means that the industry creates thousands of jobs – jobs that are essential to a thriving economy for decades to come. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated that employment in the field will increase by 21.9 percent between 2012 and 2022, with 27,600 new jobs added.

Companies experiencing growth in a vital industry, like logistics, tend to offer things that employees want most: purpose, responsibility, competitive compensation, and opportunities for personal development or advancement.

So, in case haven’t yet pursued your childhood dream of being a professional athlete (bravo to you, if you have!), perhaps it’s time to consider another significant career path. But unlike your 10 year old self, don’t just daydream – pursue it today!