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Working As A Logistics Analyst

  • Getting Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $65,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Logistics Analyst 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 Logistics Analyst

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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Average Length of Employment
Staff Analyst 3.8 years
Logistics Planner 3.4 years
Logistics Engineer 3.1 years
Logistics Analyst 3.0 years
Logistician 2.9 years
Purchase Analyst 2.7 years
Top Careers Before Logistics Analyst
Internship 5.8%
Manager 4.0%
Supervisor 3.9%
Analyst 3.7%
Buyer 3.6%
Top Careers After Logistics Analyst
Analyst 5.4%
Buyer 5.3%
Manager 3.5%

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Logistics Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

56.7%

Female

33.5%

Unknown

9.8%
Ethnicity

White

59.0%

Hispanic or Latino

15.3%

Black or African American

13.6%

Asian

8.7%

Unknown

3.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

46.9%

Chinese

7.6%

French

6.8%

German

6.5%

Portuguese

6.2%

Carrier

5.9%

Mandarin

5.1%

Italian

3.1%

Cantonese

2.3%

Japanese

1.7%

Korean

1.4%

Arabic

1.1%

Vietnamese

0.8%

Russian

0.8%

Polish

0.8%

Gujarati

0.6%

Hindi

0.6%

Dutch

0.6%

Bosnian

0.6%

Albanian

0.6%
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Logistics Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

17.4%

Strayer University

8.2%

Michigan State University

7.7%

Pennsylvania State University

6.2%

Central Texas College

5.4%

Defense Acquisition University

5.0%

University of Maryland - University College

4.9%

Ashford University

4.7%

Webster University

4.1%

American University

3.7%

Central Michigan University

3.6%

Liberty University

3.4%

Park University

3.4%

Saint Leo University

3.3%

American InterContinental University

3.3%

University of Houston

3.2%

Colorado Technical University

3.1%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

3.0%

Auburn University

3.0%

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

3.0%
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Majors

Business

39.5%

Supply Chain Management

14.7%

Management

6.2%

Accounting

4.3%

Finance

3.9%

Criminal Justice

3.2%

Marketing

3.0%

Computer Information Systems

2.5%

Psychology

2.3%

Project Management

2.3%

Computer Science

2.2%

General Studies

2.1%

Economics

1.9%

Information Technology

1.9%

Communication

1.8%

Human Resources Management

1.8%

International Business

1.7%

Political Science

1.7%

Industrial Engineering

1.6%

Operations Management

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

46.4%

Masters

21.4%

Other

17.1%

Associate

9.7%

Certificate

3.6%

Diploma

1.0%

Doctorate

0.5%

License

0.2%
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Highest Paying State
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Avg Experience Level
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How much does a Logistics Analyst make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Logistics Analyst in the United States is $65,270 per year or $31 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $45,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $92,000.

Real Logistics Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Logistical Analyst Pace Computer Solutions Inc. Houston, TX Jan 10, 2016 $150,000
Logistics OTC Analyst Tory Burch, LLC New York, NY Jul 18, 2016 $123,000
Logistics Analyst Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Sep 15, 2016 $119,600 -
$135,100
Market and Logistics Analyst Crash Rescue Equipment Service Inc. Dallas, TX Mar 05, 2015 $119,000
Logistics Analyst 4 Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Jun 25, 2015 $113,027 -
$132,400
Logistics Analyst BSM Global Inc. Chicago, IL Jan 04, 2016 $110,000
Logistical Analyst Pace Computer Solutions Inc. Houston, TX Oct 01, 2015 $109,907
Logistical Analyst Pace Computer Solutions Inc. Houston, TX Dec 21, 2015 $109,907
SAP Quality & Logistics Analyst C.H. Guenther & Son, Inc. San Antonio, TX Jan 02, 2016 $109,054 -
$115,000
Logistics Analyst Metal Petro Market Inc. Houston, TX May 10, 2016 $106,800
Logistics Analyst Gt Industrial Products Northglenn, CO Sep 27, 2016 $105,893
Logistics Analyst Tesla Motors, Inc. Fremont, CA Oct 01, 2015 $105,000 -
$115,000
Logistics Analyst Apple Inc. Austin, TX Apr 11, 2016 $100,000 -
$120,000
Logistics Analyst C&L Global Inc. Ridgefield, NJ Jun 17, 2016 $63,710
Logistics Analyst Turkon America Inc. Secaucus, NJ Dec 27, 2016 $63,710
Logistics Analyst C&L Global Inc. Ridgefield, NJ Mar 16, 2016 $63,710
Project Cargo Intermodal Logistics Analyst Aprile USA Inc. New York, NY Apr 21, 2016 $63,710
Logistics Analyst Stella Sourcing LLC New York, NY Jun 28, 2016 $63,710
Logistics Analyst Gloria Apparel Inc. New York, NY Sep 29, 2016 $63,710
Logistics Analyst Turkon America Inc. Secaucus, NJ Oct 13, 2016 $63,710
Logistics Analyst Urban Green Energy Inc. New York, NY Sep 04, 2015 $63,382
Logistics Analyst Kenko Freight Systems, Inc. Santa Fe Springs, CA Jun 09, 2016 $55,306
Logistics Analyst Fungyun Inc. Commerce, CA Mar 15, 2016 $55,268
Logistics Analyst Leadway International, Inc. Hayward, CA Aug 21, 2016 $55,222
Logistics Analyst Sealink International, Inc. Dallas, TX Sep 01, 2015 $55,182
Logistics Analyst Pacific Northern, Inc. Carrollton, TX Sep 13, 2016 $55,180
Logistics Analyst ZURI Furniture, LLC Dallas, TX Dec 09, 2016 $55,180
Logistics Analyst United Commerce Centers, Inc. Irving, TX Aug 18, 2016 $55,180
Logistics Analyst Pacific Northern, Inc. Carrollton, TX Jan 09, 2016 $55,180

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Top Skills for A Logistics Analyst

  1. Procedures
  2. Logistics
  3. Supply Chain
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Executed purchase orders and shipping procedures with Freight Forwarding Companies, Distribution, transportation management team and Operational Planning.
  • Interacted closely with the Transportation Managers and Logistics teams to present reports and construct recommendations utilizing the data.
  • Developed and created Excel spreadsheets for documentation and analysis of customer supply chain profiles and leveraged competitive carrier services.
  • Devised system to replace handwritten route change sheets with computerized method eliminating data entry errors.
  • Maintain Army's Container Strategy plan and property accountability, equipment readiness, and life-cycle management of Army-owned containers.

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