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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:
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.
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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Hispanic or Latino10.8%
Black or African American0.8%
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University of Phoenix11.9%
Central Texas College7.3%
Defense Acquisition University7.3%
Community College of the Air Force6.4%
Columbia Southern University4.6%
University of Maryland - University College3.7%
University of Central Oklahoma3.7%
Western Kentucky University3.7%
American InterContinental University3.7%
College of Southern Maryland2.8%
Norfolk State University2.8%
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|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 -
|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 -
|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 -
|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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