The world is coming together. Today, goods and people are transported to any place around the globe at any time. Whether travel, business or goods trading – this places special demands on logistics and transport.
The field of study at a glance
Logistics means much more than just transporting, handling or storing goods. Today, logistics in companies includes the holistic planning, management, coordination, implementation and control of all internal and cross-company flows of goods and information. Logistics ensures that the right good, in the right quantity, in the right condition, in the right place, at the right time, for the right customer, at the right cost.
To do this, logistics companies need a correspondingly well-functioning infrastructure as well as in-depth know-how in controlling traffic flows. This is the only way to cope with increasing competitive pressure and increased customer expectations.
The courses in the field of logistics and transport are seen as a cross-sectional discipline. Because many players are necessary to precisely control the transport of raw materials and goods.
Logistics integrates the processes from the procurement of raw materials to the sale to the end customer across companies into value chains (supply chain management) or these into global networks. Procurement, production, distribution and transport logistics as well as knowledge management are important sub-areas that flow into all process chains and cycles. This also includes waste disposal and recycling.
If the focus is set accordingly, the focus can be on different types of transport such as maritime transport, aviation or sectors such as trade, chemicals or transport.
Bachelor's courses in logistics and transport are offered primarily at technical colleges but also at universities. Possible names for the degree programs are “Production and Logistics”, “Transportation”, “International Logistics Management”, “Logistics”, “Air Traffic Management”, “Supply Chain Management” or “Transportation Management”.
Contents of the course
The bachelor's program offers interdisciplinary and practice-oriented training. It is usually possible to deepen your knowledge in the economic or (information) technical area. The bachelor's degree includes mathematical, scientific and engineering principles and methods, business administration, production logistics (material flow planning, production planning and control), information technology, distribution management, transport and traffic, logistics management (corporate planning, logistics controlling), international logistics, supply chain management and Right. There are also industrial internships, excursions and project work (including abroad).
Career opportunities after graduation
Academically trained specialists work at domestic and foreign logistics or industrial companies in all sectors of the economy, e.g. in the aviation, automotive or capital goods industries, in trading and service companies, in freight forwarding companies, in airlines and shipping companies, in vehicle rental companies or in consulting companies.