best jobs in logistics in 2018

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where logistics jobs in canada are headed

As the second largest country in the world, Canada has long been recognized as a transportation leader. To keep Canadian exports flowing smoothly and deliver goods to all of Canada’s far-reaching communities, Canadians rely on the expertise of the logistics industry. Despite the emergence of automated technologies (such as Amazon’s dabbling in a drone delivery program) there is no reliable replacement for skilled logistics workers. The dominance of ecommerce and online purchasing has also driven steady demand for logistics workers. In the past year, 'warehouse worker' became the top logistics job in Canada, likely driven by our growing dependence on online shopping. Online orders need to be stored and shipped, and warehouses and fulfillment centres are popping up around the country to handle demand.

 

the best logistics jobs in 2018

Warehouse worker dethrones forklift operator as the most in demand role in 2018. The one new entry on this year's list is a mechanic. Given the strong year the manufacturing sector had in Canada in 2017, it's no surprise. Mechanics are needed to keep mechanical equipment in manufacturing plants running smoothly.

 

growth in the logistics sector in 2018

The logistics industry employs 1.1 million Canadians. There’s a steady demand for logistics workers nationwide, however the need is particularly concentrated in central Canada. The logistics sector grew modestly, adding 1,770 jobs last year. Montreal added the most logistics jobs of any city in Canada.

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logistics salaries in canada in 2018

The median annual salary in the logistics industry $36,300, up from $35,000 in 2017. The bottom 10% of earners make under $28,400, while the top 10% of earners will take home $44,200 or more. Consistent with the patterns we see across most industries, logistics salaries in Ontario and Western Canada tend to be slightly higher than average, while Quebec sits slightly lower on the spectrum.

salaries across canada

  • average logistics salary in toronto

    $29,500 to $48,100

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  • average logistics salary in vancouver

    $30,600 to $51,650

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  • average logistics salary in montreal

    $27,100 to $39,600

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  • average logistics salary in calgary

    $31,350 to $54,200

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  • average logistics salary in edmonton

    $31,150 to $53,600

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  • average logistics salary in ottawa

    $29,150 to $46,750

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  • average logistics salary in quebec city

    $25,450 to $33,950

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  • average logistics salary in halifax

    $29,250 to $47,050

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the best logistics skills in 2018

New to this year's list of top logistics skills is the #1 skill, freight+, a shipping software. Also in demand in 2018 are a variety of driving skills, including the ability to drive vehicles like forklifts, tractors and dump trucks. If you're looking to land a job in the logistics sector, securing a driving certification is all but a sure ticket to steady employment.

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top industries for logistics jobs in 2018

Given the dominance of online retailers that need to ship their products to customers, it should be no surprise that the majority of employers that are recruiting logistics candidates are in various industries related to retail and manufacturing.

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