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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

  • $58,583

    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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Logistics Analyst Career Paths

Logistics Analyst
Analyst Systems Analyst Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Analyst Operations Manager Purchasing Manager
Director Of Supply Chain Management
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Analyst Purchasing Manager Supply Chain Manager
Director Of Supply Chain Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Logistics Analyst Logistics Manager Purchasing Manager
Director, Procurement
13 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Information Technology Manager Operations Manager
Distribution Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Logistics Manager Operations Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Business Development Manager Supply Chain Manager
Global Supply Chain Director
14 Yearsyrs
Logistics Supervisor Operation Supervisor Logistics Manager
Logistics Director
10 Yearsyrs
Account Manager Area Manager Logistics Manager
Logistics Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Supply Chain Analyst Business Analyst Senior Finance Analyst
Manager Finance Planning And Analysis
8 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Plant Manager
Manufacturing Director
14 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Technical Director Production Manager
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Logistics Manager General Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Analyst Business Analyst Product Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Consultant Senior Consultant
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Product Manager Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Logistics Supervisor Logistics Manager
Senior Logistics Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Supply Chain Analyst Supply Chain Manager
Supply Chain Director
14 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Purchasing Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Logistics Manager 3.9 years
Senior Logistician 3.5 years
Logistics Planner 3.4 years
Logistics Engineer 3.0 years
Logistics Analyst 3.0 years
Logistics Operator 3.0 years
Logistician 2.8 years
Logistics Lead 2.8 years
Purchase Analyst 2.7 years
Analyst 2.4 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 5.7%
Supervisor 3.8%
Analyst 3.5%
Manager 3.4%
Buyer 3.4%
Top Employers After
Analyst 5.6%
Buyer 4.8%

Logistics Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

60.7%

Female

36.8%

Unknown

2.5%
Ethnicity

White

77.9%

Hispanic or Latino

11.3%

Asian

8.6%

Unknown

1.6%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

45.4%

French

8.1%

Chinese

7.3%

German

6.5%

Carrier

5.8%

Portuguese

5.0%

Mandarin

4.6%

Italian

4.6%

Cantonese

2.7%

Korean

1.9%

Vietnamese

1.2%

Japanese

1.2%

Arabic

1.2%

Dutch

0.8%

Bosnian

0.8%

Albanian

0.8%

Czech

0.8%

Polish

0.8%

Swahili

0.4%

Icelandic

0.4%
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Logistics Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

16.2%

Strayer University

8.7%

Michigan State University

8.3%

Defense Acquisition University

5.8%

Ashford University

5.3%

Pennsylvania State University

5.3%

University of Maryland - University College

4.8%

Central Texas College

4.7%

Auburn University

4.2%

Webster University

4.2%

Liberty University

4.2%

American University

4.0%

Central Michigan University

3.5%

University of Houston

3.2%

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

3.0%

American InterContinental University

3.0%

Saint Leo University

3.0%

George Mason University

2.8%

Southern New Hampshire University

2.8%

Colorado Technical University

2.8%
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Majors

Business

40.2%

Supply Chain Management

15.0%

Management

6.8%

Accounting

3.8%

Finance

3.8%

Criminal Justice

3.2%

Computer Information Systems

2.8%

Marketing

2.4%

Project Management

2.4%

Psychology

2.1%

Human Resources Management

2.1%

International Business

1.8%

General Studies

1.8%

Political Science

1.8%

Computer Science

1.8%

Communication

1.8%

Economics

1.7%

Information Technology

1.6%

Operations Management

1.5%

Liberal Arts

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

45.8%

Masters

21.7%

Other

17.8%

Associate

9.2%

Certificate

3.9%

Diploma

1.0%

Doctorate

0.4%

License

0.2%
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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 Dec 21, 2015 $109,907
Logistical Analyst Pace Computer Solutions Inc. Houston, TX Oct 01, 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 Nov 04, 2016 $100,000 -
$120,000
Project Cargo Intermodal Logistics Analyst Aprile USA Inc. New York, NY Apr 21, 2016 $63,710
Logistics Analyst Turkon America Inc. Secaucus, NJ Oct 13, 2016 $63,710
Logistics Analyst Gloria Apparel Inc. New York, NY Sep 29, 2016 $63,710
Logistics Analyst Stella Sourcing LLC New York, NY Jun 28, 2016 $63,710
Logistics Analyst C&L Global Inc. Ridgefield, NJ Jun 17, 2016 $63,710
Logistics Analyst C&L Global Inc. Ridgefield, NJ Mar 16, 2016 $63,710
Logistics Analyst Turkon America Inc. Secaucus, NJ Dec 27, 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 United Commerce Centers, Inc. Irving, TX Aug 18, 2016 $55,180
Logistics Analyst Pinnacle Led Solutions Dallas, TX Aug 24, 2016 $55,180
Logistics Analyst Pacific Northern, Inc. Carrollton, TX Aug 24, 2016 $55,180
Logistics Analyst Pacific Northern, Inc. Carrollton, TX Sep 13, 2016 $55,180

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Top Skills for A Logistics Analyst

ProceduresDataEntrySupplyChainLogisticsSupportPropertyAccountabilityAssetVisibilityCostSavingsERPProcessImprovementInventoryManagementManagementSystemPropertyBookUnitInventoryControlCustomerServiceDODProposalsILSKeyPerformanceIndicatorsDistributionCentersDepot

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Top Logistics Analyst Skills

  1. Procedures
  2. Data Entry
  3. Supply Chain
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Offered additional insight into facility management plans and procedures that would save money and improve customer satisfaction.
  • Performed data entry for property inventory asset adjustments and lateral transfers.
  • Conferred with logistics management teams to determine ways to optimize service levels, maintain a supply chain efficiency to minimize cost.
  • Performed logistics support analysis per MIL-STD-1388 for various subsystems.
  • Provided logistical support in areas of supply, procurement, property accountability, equipment and maintenance.

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