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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

  • $82,000

    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 Career Paths

Logistician
Logistics Analyst Logistics Manager Purchasing Manager
Director, Procurement
13 Yearsyrs
Logistics Analyst Logistics Manager
Senior Logistics Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Logistics Analyst Logistics Manager Operations Manager
Logistics Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Logistician Project Manager Purchasing Manager
Director Of Supply Chain Management
11 Yearsyrs
Logistics Coordinator Operations Manager Supply Chain Manager
Senior Manager-Supply Chain Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Logistics Coordinator Buyer Material Manager
Director Of Materials Management
7 Yearsyrs
Logistics Coordinator Buyer Supply Chain Analyst
Senior Supply Chain Analyst
7 Yearsyrs
Manager Project Manager Purchasing Manager
Global Supply Chain Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Manager Operations Manager Supply Chain Manager
Supply Chain Logistics Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Manager Department Manager Support Manager
Operations Support Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Logistician Logistics Supervisor
Customer Logistics Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Logistician Logistics Supervisor Material Manager
Supply Chain Lead
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Technical Project Manager Operations Project Manager
Logistics Project Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Buyer Senior Buyer
Supply Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Program Analyst Senior Analyst Planning Manager
Demand Planning Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Program Analyst Senior Analyst Senior Specialist
Property Management Specialist
7 Yearsyrs
Supply Chain Manager Global Supply Chain Manager
Supply Chain Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Logistics Supervisor Logistics Operations Manager
Logistics Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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Logistician Demographics

Gender

Male

62.4%

Female

28.6%

Unknown

9.0%
Ethnicity

White

58.2%

Hispanic or Latino

15.5%

Black or African American

14.9%

Asian

7.9%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

39.6%

French

18.8%

Italian

6.3%

Chinese

4.2%

Carrier

4.2%

Russian

4.2%

Arabic

4.2%

Korean

4.2%

Portuguese

2.1%

Dutch

2.1%

Ukrainian

2.1%

German

2.1%

Persian

2.1%

Japanese

2.1%

Urdu

2.1%
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Logistician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

15.8%

Strayer University

9.4%

University of Maryland - University College

7.0%

Central Texas College

6.4%

Community College of the Air Force

5.8%

Defense Acquisition University

5.3%

American University

4.7%

Ashford University

4.7%

Grantham University

4.1%

Columbia Southern University

4.1%

Park University

4.1%

Saint Leo University

4.1%

Webster University

3.5%

Capella University

3.5%

Liberty University

2.9%

Norfolk State University

2.9%

Colorado Technical University

2.9%

Northern Virginia Community College

2.9%

American InterContinental University

2.9%

The Academy

2.9%
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Majors

Business

36.5%

Supply Chain Management

13.3%

Management

7.1%

Criminal Justice

5.0%

General Studies

3.9%

Accounting

3.7%

Project Management

2.9%

Computer Information Systems

2.9%

Computer Science

2.7%

Education

2.5%

Political Science

2.5%

Electrical Engineering

2.1%

Liberal Arts

2.1%

Human Resources Management

2.1%

Information Technology

2.1%

Automotive Technology

1.9%

Psychology

1.9%

Nursing

1.7%

Aviation

1.7%

Mechanical Engineering

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

37.5%

Other

22.9%

Masters

18.2%

Associate

12.0%

Certificate

6.2%

Diploma

2.3%

Doctorate

0.8%

License

0.1%
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Average Yearly Salary
$82,000
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$46,000
Min 10%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$145,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Microsoft
Highest Paying City
Fridley, MN
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
3.0 years
How much does a Logistician make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Logistician in the United States is $82,504 per year or $40 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $46,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $145,000.

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 First Express Logistics Inc. NY Dec 23, 2016 $65,707
Logistician Bay Area Compliance Laboratories Corp. Sunnyvale, CA Oct 01, 2015 $65,177
Logistician UCI Logistics, Inc. Inglewood, CA Sep 19, 2016 $65,000
Logistician Tesla Motors, Inc. Fremont, CA Sep 01, 2015 $65,000 -
$85,000
Logistician Oritz Corporation Burlingame, CA May 15, 2016 $64,697
Logistician Graniser, LLC Carlstadt, NJ Jan 02, 2016 $63,725
Logistician Graniser, LLC Carlstadt, NJ Apr 13, 2016 $63,725
Logistician Apple Inc. Austin, TX Jun 14, 2016 $55,099
Logistician Sun Beauty Supply Jackson, MS Sep 15, 2015 $55,000
Logistician Sun Beauty LLC. Jackson, MS Sep 15, 2015 $55,000
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

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Top Skills for A Logistician

  1. Logistics Support Plans
  2. Procedures
  3. Data Entry
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  • Analyzed and identified trends of unsatisfactory performance, modifications and procedures relative to the weapon systems that reduce the overall reliability.
  • Perform data entry to query and enter information for supply, acquisition, and for inventory purposes.
  • Provide technical guidance in inventory storage and distribution, and on property accountability and automation of warehouse functions.
  • Advised the Project Manager on all matters relating to life cycle logistics support for TCPT and the BCS3-NM.
  • Provided detailed and professional customer service to military personnel via email phone and face- to face interaction.

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Top 10 Best States for Logisticians

  1. Alabama
  2. Alaska
  3. Indiana
  4. Rhode Island
  5. District of Columbia
  6. Tennessee
  7. Maryland
  8. Minnesota
  9. Wyoming
  10. Washington
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