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Working As A Logistics Associate

  • 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

  • $61,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Logistics Associate 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 Associate

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 Associate Career Paths

Logistics Associate
Material Handler Technician Production Supervisor
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Material Coordinator Buyer
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Specialist Buyer
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Merchandiser Specialist Buyer
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Merchandiser Specialist Operation Supervisor
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Merchandiser Coordinator Logistics Coordinator
Logistics Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Logistics Specialist Logistics Coordinator Logistics Manager
Senior Logistics Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Logistics Specialist Logistics Coordinator Operations Manager
Logistics Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Logistics Specialist Team Leader Warehouse Manager
Warehouse Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Technician Production Supervisor
Distribution Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Foreman Warehouse Supervisor
Distribution Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Foreman Department Manager
Inventory Control Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Security Guard Officer Operations Officer
Logistics Director
9 Yearsyrs
Assistant Consultant Business Manager
Business Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Foreman Warehouse Supervisor
Shipping Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Technician Production Supervisor Purchasing Manager
Director Of Supply Chain Management
11 Yearsyrs
Inventory Control Specialist Purchasing Agent Logistics Manager
Logistics Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Inventory Control Specialist Material Coordinator Logistics Analyst
Logistics Lead
6 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Shop Foreman Fleet Manager
Customer Logistics Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Account Executive Department Manager Support Manager
Operations Support Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Logistics Associate Demographics

Gender

Male

57.9%

Female

31.0%

Unknown

11.2%
Ethnicity

White

59.8%

Hispanic or Latino

16.6%

Black or African American

12.6%

Asian

7.6%

Unknown

3.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

57.2%

French

11.2%

German

3.9%

Portuguese

3.3%

Arabic

3.3%

Russian

2.6%

Carrier

2.6%

Chinese

2.6%

Italian

2.0%

Hindi

1.3%

Mandarin

1.3%

Croatian

1.3%

Cantonese

1.3%

Japanese

1.3%

Urdu

1.3%

Romanian

0.7%

Hokkien

0.7%

Bulgarian

0.7%

Navajo

0.7%

Filipino

0.7%
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Logistics Associate Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

19.9%

Arizona State University

6.4%

University of Houston

5.9%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

5.5%

Columbus State Community College

5.1%

Ohio State University

4.7%

Pennsylvania State University

4.7%

Full Sail University

4.7%

The Academy

4.2%

Southwest Tennessee Community College

4.2%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.8%

Georgia Perimeter College

3.8%

University of South Florida

3.4%

University of Alabama

3.4%

Trident Technical College

3.4%

Michigan State University

3.4%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.4%

Austin Community College

3.4%

University of Delaware

3.4%

San Jose State University

3.4%
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Majors

Business

28.6%

Criminal Justice

6.4%

Supply Chain Management

6.3%

Psychology

5.4%

Communication

5.1%

Accounting

4.9%

Marketing

4.2%

General Studies

4.1%

Management

4.1%

Computer Science

3.9%

Liberal Arts

3.5%

Biology

3.2%

Graphic Design

3.1%

Information Technology

2.9%

Finance

2.6%

Health Care Administration

2.6%

Economics

2.4%

English

2.4%

Political Science

2.2%

Computer Information Systems

2.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.9%

Other

27.6%

Associate

16.0%

Masters

8.1%

Certificate

4.9%

Diploma

1.9%

License

0.4%

Doctorate

0.2%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$34,000
Min 10%
$61,000
Median 50%
$61,000
Median 50%
$61,000
Median 50%
$61,000
Median 50%
$61,000
Median 50%
$61,000
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$108,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
CarMax
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
2.0 years
How much does a Logistics Associate make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Logistics Associate in the United States is $61,433 per year or $30 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $34,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $108,000.

Real Logistics Associate Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Logistics Associate Invagen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Hauppauge, NY Sep 20, 2016 $65,021
Logistics Associate Successfactors, Inc. Reston, VA Sep 12, 2014 $60,258
Supply Chain and Logistics Associate KROY, LLC Cleveland, OH Sep 04, 2014 $58,000
Operational Logistics Associate Cambridge Cm, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Sep 04, 2012 $56,410 -
$68,474
Logistics Associate Square, Inc. Dallas, TX Aug 26, 2016 $54,995
Marketing Logistics Associate Highlights for Children International, Inc. Columbus, OH Sep 09, 2014 $54,262 -
$62,610
Operations and Logistics Associate Latin Markets Brazil LLC New York, NY Jan 09, 2016 $54,000
Marketing Logistics Associate Highlights for Children International, Inc. Columbus, OH Sep 18, 2014 $49,005 -
$60,000
Logistics Sourcing Associate Elenco Electronics Inc. Wheeling, IL Oct 01, 2012 $46,176
Logistics Associate Ascent Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Hauppauge, NY Sep 06, 2014 $45,000
Logistics Associate Invagen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Hauppauge, NY Sep 21, 2013 $45,000

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Top Skills for A Logistics Associate

  1. New Merchandise
  2. Sales Floor
  3. Safety Procedures
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  • Deliver new merchandise to the appropriate department for placement on the selling floor or stock area.
  • Prepare new merchandise for the sales floor by unloading, prepping, stocking merchandise and responding to team member requests quickly.
  • Implemented and enforced various safety procedures and regulations.
  • Assisted with merchandising and register duties while providing quality customer service and completing tasks on a timely basis
  • Ensured proper maintenance of equipment inventory control and general management of medical material.

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Top 10 Best States for Logistics Associates

  1. Alabama
  2. Alaska
  3. Wyoming
  4. Rhode Island
  5. Washington
  6. District of Columbia
  7. Virginia
  8. Oklahoma
  9. Mississippi
  10. New Mexico
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