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Become A Logistician

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Working As A Logistician

  • 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

  • $60,478

    Average Salary

What Does A Logistician 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 A Logistician

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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Logistician Demographics

Gender

  • Male

    69.3%
  • Female

    28.7%
  • Unknown

    2.0%

Ethnicity

  • White

    79.4%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    10.8%
  • Asian

    7.4%
  • Unknown

    1.6%
  • Black or African American

    0.8%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    39.4%
  • French

    9.1%
  • Carrier

    6.1%
  • Russian

    6.1%
  • Arabic

    6.1%
  • Korean

    6.1%
  • Italian

    6.1%
  • Portuguese

    3.0%
  • Chinese

    3.0%
  • Ukrainian

    3.0%
  • German

    3.0%
  • Persian

    3.0%
  • Japanese

    3.0%
  • Urdu

    3.0%
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Real Logistician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Logistician Teamex Corporation Carlstadt, NJ Jan 12, 2015 $132,829
Logistician Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Sep 20, 2016 $130,000 -
$168,200
Logisticians (Product Management) Salesforce.Com San Francisco, CA Jun 17, 2016 $122,000
Global Cargo Logistician Franwell, Inc. Lakeland, FL Sep 25, 2015 $120,000
Logistician XIT Inc. New York, NY Aug 12, 2015 $115,773
International Polymer Logistician Milagro Rubber Co. Austin, TX Nov 16, 2016 $114,629
Logistician Tectonic Engineering & Surveying Consultants, P.C. Hillsdale, NY Feb 11, 2015 $110,011
Logistician International Logistics Associates LLC North Brunswick, NJ Mar 31, 2015 $110,000
Logistician Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/DHHS Atlanta, GA May 01, 2015 $100,799
Logistician (Supply Chain Analyst) Cymer LLC San Diego, CA Jul 01, 2016 $99,875 -
$106,800
Logistician Amphenol TCS Nashua, NH Jun 20, 2016 $95,506
Logistician Guthy-Renker, LLC Santa Monica, CA Oct 15, 2015 $92,500
Logistician Bay Area Compliance Laboratories Corp. Sunnyvale, CA Oct 01, 2015 $65,177
Logistician Tesla Motors, Inc. Fremont, CA Sep 01, 2015 $65,000 -
$85,000
Logistician UCI Logistics, Inc. Inglewood, CA Sep 19, 2016 $65,000
Logistician Oritz Corporation Burlingame, CA May 15, 2016 $64,697
Logistician Graniser, LLC Carlstadt, NJ Apr 13, 2016 $63,725
Logistician Graniser, LLC Carlstadt, NJ Jan 02, 2016 $63,725
Lead Logistician Atlas ATM Corporation Islandia, NY Jul 22, 2016 $63,710
Logistician Coherent Metal Inc. Dallas, TX Aug 09, 2016 $54,995
Logistician Superior Track International, Inc. New York, NY Sep 05, 2015 $54,721
Logistician Wayborn Home Furnishing Inc. Industry, CA Aug 22, 2016 $54,679
Logistician Omnikeys, Inc. San Diego, CA Jun 05, 2015 $54,617
Logistician Omnikeys, Inc. San Diego, CA Jul 01, 2015 $54,617
Logistician Stark International, Inc. Industry, CA Sep 23, 2016 $54,596
Logistician Stark International, Inc. Industry, CA Sep 28, 2016 $54,596

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Top Skills for A Logistician

LogisticsSupportPlansProceduresAccessDatabasePropertyAccountabilityAssetLifeCycleClearanceInventoryManagementILSDODCustomerServiceRepairPartsPropertyBookUnitMaterielConusInventoryControlConfigurationManagementManagementSystemDrmoPbuse

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Top Logistician Skills

  1. Logistics Support Plans
  2. Procedures
  3. Access Database
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Confirm proper preparation, development, and application to authority policies and procedures.
  • Provided research services and Microsoft Access database skills to the US Coast Guard.
  • Maintained property accountability for more than 40 accounts worth over $657 million dollars.
  • Performed monthly validations and scheduled inventories to ensure max accountability of all warehouse assets.
  • Evaluate the Life Cycle Sustainment Plan to address total life ownership cost to support the systems engineering plan.

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