We live in a world that is going very fast: prisoners of the e-commerce boom, the automation of supply chains, social networks, and the Big Data revolution, among other issues, changes in labor matters are also being noticed, with the appearance of emerging professions and others that are in decline. Many begin to think that we will experience a truly profound change in work in each sector and clearly, logistics will also see important changes since it is one of the areas where technology intervenes the most. Things are changing and consequently, professionals must adapt to the new skills and knowledge that are becoming increasingly necessary.

Automation and emerging professions

Many experts from the world of work speak of the incorporation of robots in many sectors, however, for the vast majority of people, this still sounds like science fiction. Nothing of that. In reality, automation is representing a major leap in logistics: machines are already taking over many routine tasks that required physical demand from workers, so that some professions can begin to be replaced by these machines and begins to give more value to other activities of varying value and that require greater qualification. For example, emerging professions are beginning to emerge that require workers to know how to maintain new machines, etc.

This trend will undoubtedly increase in the coming years, so that it is now when logistics professionals can begin to prepare for these changes.

What skills will start to be more in demand

The industry will not only need technical profiles, although that is the first thing we think about when we talk about emerging professions. Progressively, people skills, that is, human skills, will be the most in-demand, that is communication skills, ease of teamwork, interpersonal skills, etc. Second, leadership skills will become increasingly important; for example, problem-solving, quick decision making, the ability to effectively “put out fires”, self-organization, and so on.

In logistics, it is no longer simply a matter of storing products and moving them, in reality, what is currently important is to give added value to everything that is done. The logistics operators evolve towards the greater qualification of the workers, more data analysts, computer scientists, mathematical professionals, etc. will begin to be asked for. People who before perhaps were not expected to have space in this area.

The opinion of the prospective study of the logistics sector

The prospective study of the logistics sector prepared by the SEPE indicates that job creation in the logistics sector is associated with the incorporation of more qualified professionals, professional studies, and professional training, who know how to respond to the organizational and technical changes required today in the day the sector.

The report highlights that a series of emerging professions are detected, mainly related to “kitting”, reverse logistics, intermodality, and e-commerce.