Warehousing & Logistics

Read this blog to learn about careers in warehousing logistics and how Mary Rigg can help you with free to little to no cost-to-you training.

In our previous career highlight, we talked about a career in the construction field and how it’s the kind of work you’d enjoy if you prefer a physically demanding job instead of one where you’d be standing in one place or sitting at a desk for eight hours. Similar to the physical demands of a career in construction, a warehousing career offers the kind of work that will keep you moving.

If you think of a warehousing career as an umbrella, under the umbrella are two types of work. The first option is physically taking inventory and directly handling the shipping and receiving of goods. Think of driving a forklift to move goods. The second option is logistics—managing the entire process, from receipt and shipment to transportation to packaging, to inventory. This is the kind of position that involves working with many moving parts. Getting a certificate in logistics is a great first step towards a warehouse manager position.

Physically demanding warehousing careers include forklift driver and material handler. A material handler moves goods from point A to point B and prepares packages for shipment. This type of position can have job titles such as warehouse packer, warehouse laborer, and warehouse associate. These positions may also include taking inventory.

While it may seem like this type of work would move slowly, warehouse work is often the exact opposite. For example, operating heavy machinery to move goods is a careful task that requires attention to detail and timeliness. Because of this, you will have to be organized and work well under pressure.

On the other hand, if you choose the logistics route and want to become a warehouse manager, you need solid leadership skills. This means motivating your warehouse workers, meeting production goals, and clearly communicating safety procedures and other important information. If you are the type of person that prefers taking the lead in group projects, playing a guiding role, and training others, this is definitely the career path you want to consider.

Whether you thrive in leadership positions or prefer being a part of a larger team, a warehouse career is a great option to consider. Our employment coaches can help you reach your career goals—from finding the right training course to securing a good job you’ll be more than ready for. To get started or to find out more, please fill out this form or give us a call at (317) 639-6106, then press 1.