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Working As An Automated Logistics Specialist

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Make Decisions

  • $64,730

    Average Salary

What Does An Automated Logistics Specialist Do

Logisticians analyze and coordinate an organization’s supply chain—the system that moves a product from supplier to consumer. They manage the entire life cycle of a product, which includes how a product is acquired, distributed, allocated, and delivered.

Duties

Logisticians typically do the following:

  • Manage the logistical aspects of a product’s life cycle from design to disposal
  • Direct the allocation of materials, supplies, and products
  • Develop business relationships with suppliers and clients
  • Understand clients’ needs and know how to meet them
  • Design strategies to minimize the cost or time required to transport goods
  • Review logistical functions and identify areas for improvement
  • Propose improvements to management and customers

Logisticians oversee activities that include purchasing, transportation, inventory, and warehousing. They may direct the movement of a range of goods, people, or supplies, from common consumer goods to military supplies and personnel.

Logisticians use software systems to plan and track the movement of products. They operate software programs designed specifically to manage logistical functions, such as procurement, inventory management, and other supply chain planning and management systems.

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How To Become An Automated Logistics Specialist

A bachelor’s degree is typically required for most positions, although an associate’s degree may be sufficient for some logistician jobs. Industry certification and work experience in a related field is helpful for jobseekers.

Education

Logisticians may qualify for some positions with an associate’s degree. However, as logistics becomes increasingly complex, more companies prefer to hire workers who have at least a bachelor’s degree. Many logisticians have a bachelor’s degree in business, systems engineering, or supply chain management.

Bachelor’s degree programs often include coursework in operations and database management, and system dynamics. In addition, most programs offer courses that train students on software and technologies commonly used by logisticians, such as radio-frequency identification (RFID).

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Although not required, certification can demonstrate professional competence and a broad knowledge of logistics. Logisticians can obtain certification through APICS or the International Society of Logistics (SOLE). To become certified, a logistician typically needs to have a certain amount of education and work experience and to pass an exam.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Prospective logisticians can benefit from previous work experience in a field related to logistics or business. Others gain work experience while serving in the military. Experience allows a worker to learn about products and supply chain processes. Some employers allow applicants to substitute several years of work experience for a degree.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Logisticians need strong communication skills in order to collaborate with colleagues and do business with suppliers and customers.

Critical-thinking skills. Logisticians must develop, adjust, and carry out logistical plans. They often must find ways to reduce costs and improve efficiency.

Organizational skills. Logisticians must be able to perform several tasks at one time, keep detailed records, and simultaneously manage several projects in a fast-paced environment.

Problem-solving skills. Logisticians must handle unforeseen issues, such as delivery problems, and adjust plans as needed to resolve the issues.

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Automated Logistics Specialist Career Paths

Automated Logistics Specialist
Warehouse Supervisor Warehouse Manager Distribution Manager
Director Of Distribution
10 Yearsyrs
Clerk Operations Manager Purchasing Manager
Director Of Purchasing
10 Yearsyrs
Supply Clerk Correction Officer Operations Manager
Distribution Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Security Officer Account Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Supply Technician Logistics Analyst Logistics Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Logistics Coordinator Operations Manager Purchasing Manager
Global Supply Chain Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Logistics Specialist Logistics Manager
Logistics Director
10 Yearsyrs
Logistics Coordinator Logistics Manager
Logistics Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Warehouseman Material Control Specialist Material Control Supervisor
Material Control Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Supply Clerk Material Handler Production Supervisor
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Technician Service Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Correction Officer Technician Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Supervisor Production Manager Purchasing Manager
Procurement Officer
6 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Dispatcher Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Correction Officer Security Officer Account Manager
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Supply Technician Logistics Management Specialist Logistics Manager
Senior Logistics Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Clerk Office Manager Operations Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Specialist Material Coordinator Senior Buyer
Supply Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Forklift Operator
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Logistics Specialist Warehouse Manager
Warehouse Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Automated Logistics Specialist Demographics

Gender

Male

48.9%

Female

48.4%

Unknown

2.7%
Ethnicity

White

78.2%

Hispanic or Latino

13.1%

Asian

6.6%

Unknown

1.5%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

62.8%

French

9.4%

Arabic

3.9%

Korean

2.8%

Portuguese

2.8%

German

2.8%

Swedish

2.2%

Hindi

1.7%

Chinese

1.7%

Lakota

1.1%

Gujarati

1.1%

Hmong

1.1%

Thai

1.1%

Carrier

1.1%

Hebrew

1.1%

Mandarin

1.1%

Swahili

0.6%

Telugu

0.6%

Vietnamese

0.6%

Marathi

0.6%
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Automated Logistics Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

17.7%

Central Texas College

9.2%

Ashford University

8.9%

Army Quartermaster Center and School

7.0%

American InterContinental University

5.6%

Liberty University

5.0%

Grantham University

4.8%

Troy University

4.4%

Colorado Technical University

4.4%

Kaplan University

4.1%

Strayer University

3.9%

University of Maryland - University College

3.6%

American University

3.4%

Grand Canyon University

3.1%

Southern New Hampshire University

2.8%

ECPI University

2.5%

Columbia Southern University

2.5%

Fayetteville State University

2.5%

University of Southern Mississippi

2.3%

Austin Peay State University

2.2%
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Majors

Business

27.8%

Criminal Justice

12.2%

Supply Chain Management

9.4%

Psychology

6.2%

General Studies

5.7%

Nursing

4.3%

Management

3.5%

Medical Assisting Services

3.5%

Accounting

3.3%

Health Care Administration

3.1%

Information Technology

3.1%

Computer Science

2.5%

Human Resources Management

2.4%

Computer Information Systems

2.3%

Education

2.2%

Finance

1.9%

Social Work

1.8%

Biology

1.6%

Medical Technician

1.6%

Liberal Arts

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

34.1%

Other

30.4%

Associate

16.7%

Masters

9.3%

Certificate

6.2%

Diploma

2.4%

Doctorate

0.5%

License

0.4%
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Top Skills for An Automated Logistics Specialist

StockRecord/WarehouseFunctionsMaterialControlSpecialProceduresPhysicalCountsEquipmentRecordsStorageAidsMaintenanceManagementPartsDataDocumentControlProceduresRepairPartsPostsReceiptsStockLocatorSystemMaintenanceDataShopStockListDirectSupportLevelLoadListTurn-InDocumentsCombatExceptionDocumentsLocationSurveys

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Top Automated Logistics Specialist Skills

  1. Stock Record/Warehouse Functions
  2. Material Control
  3. Special Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Supervised and performed management of stock record/warehouse functions pertaining to receipt, storage, and distribution.
  • Establish and maintain stock records and other documents such as inventory, material control, accounting and supply reports.
  • Ensured application of special procedures for handling, storage, packing and shipping of retrograde material was conducted.
  • Verified inventory computations by comparing them to physical counts of stock, and investigated discrepancies or adjusted errors.
  • Maintained automated and hard copy financial and equipment records.

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