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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

  • $84,240

    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
Security Officer Operations Manager Purchasing Manager
Director Of Purchasing
10 Yearsyrs
Logistics Manager Purchasing Manager
Director, Procurement
13 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Technician Operations Manager
Distribution Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Merchandiser Forklift Operator Warehouse Manager
Distribution Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Security Officer Account Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Technician Service Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Operation Supervisor Logistics Manager
Logistics Director
10 Yearsyrs
Logistics Coordinator Inventory Analyst Materials Planner
Material Control Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Logistics Manager Service Manager Production Manager
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Logistics Supervisor Logistics Manager Operations Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Associate Forklift Operator Technician
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor Purchasing Manager
Procurement Officer
6 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Associate Security Officer Account Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Logistics Specialist Logistics Manager Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Merchandiser Account Manager Operations Manager
Regional Operation Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Logistics Supervisor Operations Manager
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Security Guard Dispatcher Logistics Manager
Supply Chain Logistics Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Planner/Scheduler Senior Buyer
Supply Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Logistics Specialist Material Handler Forklift Operator
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Warehouse Manager
Warehouse Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Logistics Associate Demographics

Gender

Male

63.4%

Female

34.2%

Unknown

2.4%
Ethnicity

White

77.5%

Hispanic or Latino

12.3%

Asian

7.9%

Unknown

1.6%

Black or African American

0.8%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

49.5%

French

9.7%

German

5.4%

Chinese

4.3%

Russian

3.2%

Carrier

3.2%

Portuguese

3.2%

Hindi

2.2%

Mandarin

2.2%

Cantonese

2.2%

Italian

2.2%

Croatian

2.2%

Urdu

2.2%

Arabic

2.2%

Romanian

1.1%

Navajo

1.1%

Filipino

1.1%

Hokkien

1.1%

Tagalog

1.1%

Serbian

1.1%
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Logistics Associate Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

15.5%

University of Houston

6.0%

Greenville Technical College

6.0%

Columbus State Community College

5.2%

Ashford University

5.2%

Georgia Perimeter College

5.2%

Full Sail University

5.2%

University of Alabama

4.3%

Michigan State University

4.3%

Auburn University

4.3%

Arizona State University

4.3%

University of Louisville

4.3%

University of Delaware

4.3%

Southern New Hampshire University

4.3%

American University

4.3%

University of South Florida

3.4%

Trident Technical College

3.4%

The Academy

3.4%

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

3.4%

Savannah College of Art and Design

3.4%
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Majors

Business

31.1%

Criminal Justice

6.7%

Supply Chain Management

5.4%

Psychology

5.2%

Accounting

5.1%

Computer Science

4.4%

Communication

4.3%

Marketing

4.1%

Liberal Arts

3.9%

Biology

3.8%

Management

3.6%

General Studies

3.3%

Graphic Design

3.3%

Education

2.5%

Economics

2.5%

Political Science

2.3%

Information Technology

2.3%

Computer Information Systems

2.3%

Fine Arts

2.1%

Medical Assisting Services

2.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

39.5%

Other

30.4%

Associate

13.2%

Masters

10.1%

Certificate

4.6%

Diploma

1.5%

License

0.4%

Doctorate

0.4%
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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

StockMerchandiseSalesFloorStandardsQualityCustomerServiceSafetyProceduresPurchaseOrdersInventoryControlPalletJackInventoryCycleCountsRFCustomerOrdersOLDNavyCustomerSatisfactionSortInventoryManagementFedexUnloadTrucksDataEntryCreditCardAuditInventoryLevels

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Top Logistics Associate Skills

  1. Stock Merchandise
  2. Sales Floor Standards
  3. Quality Customer Service
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Worked the night shift to stock merchandise on shelves.
  • Maintained work area and sales floor standards to minimize customer distractions and promote a safe working and shopping work environment.
  • Provide quality customer service to shoppers on sales floor and cashier their purchase.
  • Wear and use all safety equipment provided and follow all safety procedures.
  • Prepared purchase requisitions and purchase orders according to FAR regulations.

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