Forklift jobs are more than just driving a machine around all day. The work requires more skills than some appreciate and is often the pathway to something bigger. In logistics, warehousing and similar industries, there’s room to grow and opportunities to learn. Those starting out in forklift jobs can look forward to something bigger.


Getting schooled

A license is a must before anyone sits behind the wheel. In Queensland, a forklift license is classed as a high-risk work license. An aspiring operator can’t find employment without one. On the Queensland Worksafe website, there’s more advice to obtaining a license that includes:

  1. How to find a training organisation
  2. Class list of vehicles
  3. License procedures


More than driving

Forklift jobs require a lot of brainpower. At the beginning and end of their shift, operators do once overs of the machine they’re driving. Monitoring and maintenance are vital and will prevent accidents. Job Outlook Australia provides a list of qualities and their importance to the job and puts the critical skills that operators use daily as:

  1. Co-ordination
  2. Time management
  3. Critical thinking
  4. Observation

Forklift jobs require the operators to make quick judgements. They also have to load and unload stock and watch where they drive so they don’t have any accidents.


Moving up in the world

Education and hard work is the key to moving up the ladder anywhere, and forklift jobs are often considered the entry-level position. The only way from there is forward. Online courses and on the job training are much more accessible compared to in the past. It’s common for warehouse workers to hold certificates in warehouse operations (Certificate II or Certificate III) and move on to senior positions, like warehouse manager or fleet supervisor.


Some senior staff earn their stripes by working from the ground up without much further tertiary education, but for those more interested in business and looking for a challenge, there’s options out there. For example, RMIT offers a Bachelor of Business (Logistics and Supply Chain Management) through Open Universities Australia. Students who complete this course are qualified in logistics management, coordination, and business operations.


Those with forklift jobs can feel proud of their work because little would get done without them. The job requires thought and despite it being mentally taxing, work is steady. According to Job Outlook Australia, 90% of operators are employed full-time, around 24 – 48 hours per week. Look around RTOs to study for your license and get started.