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Working As A Logistics Coordinator

  • 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

  • $56,561

    Average Salary

What Does A Logistics Coordinator 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 Coordinator

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 Coordinator Career Paths

Logistics Coordinator
Operations Manager Human Resources Manager
Director Of Human Resources
10 Yearsyrs
Logistics Supervisor Logistics Manager Purchasing Manager
Director Of Purchasing
10 Yearsyrs
Project Coordinator Account Manager Purchasing Manager
Director, Procurement
13 Yearsyrs
Logistics Specialist Security Officer Operations Manager
Distribution Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Logistics Manager General Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Logistics Manager Operations Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Supply Technician Logistics Analyst Logistics Manager
Logistics Director
10 Yearsyrs
Transportation Coordinator Dispatcher Logistics Manager
Logistics Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Planner Planner/Scheduler Materials Planner
Material Control Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Logistics Supervisor Operation Supervisor Production Manager
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager General Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Logistics Specialist Logistics Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Account Manager Sales Manager Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Specialist Account Manager Purchasing Manager
Procurement Officer
6 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Consultant Senior Consultant
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Account Manager Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Specialist Operation Supervisor Logistics Manager
Senior Logistics Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Supply Technician Purchasing Agent Senior Buyer
Supply Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Project Coordinator Production Manager Warehouse Manager
Warehouse Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Logistics Planner 3.3 years
Supply Coordinator 3.3 years
Logistics Lead 2.9 years
Logistics Operator 2.7 years
Logistics Clerk 2.6 years
Logistics Analyst 2.6 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 6.4%
Teller 4.1%
Manager 4.1%
Supervisor 3.9%
Dispatcher 3.7%
Cashier 3.4%
Top Employers After
Manager 4.6%
Buyer 4.4%
Dispatcher 4.1%
Specialist 3.0%
Supervisor 3.0%

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Logistics Coordinator Demographics

Gender

Male

55.9%

Female

42.0%

Unknown

2.1%
Ethnicity

White

76.5%

Hispanic or Latino

13.4%

Asian

7.6%

Unknown

1.8%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

51.5%

French

8.9%

Carrier

5.6%

Mandarin

5.0%

Chinese

5.0%

Portuguese

3.7%

German

2.9%

Arabic

2.5%

Russian

2.4%

Japanese

2.4%

Korean

2.2%

Italian

2.2%

Cantonese

1.6%

Vietnamese

0.9%

Hindi

0.6%

Hebrew

0.5%

Tagalog

0.5%

Greek

0.5%

Polish

0.5%

Swedish

0.4%
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Logistics Coordinator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

25.8%

Michigan State University

5.5%

Ashford University

5.4%

University of Houston

4.7%

Central Michigan University

4.3%

Southern New Hampshire University

4.1%

Strayer University

4.0%

American University

4.0%

Auburn University

3.9%

Liberty University

3.8%

American InterContinental University

3.7%

Houston Community College

3.6%

Community College of the Air Force

3.5%

Pennsylvania State University

3.5%

Central Texas College

3.4%

Florida International University

3.3%

University of North Texas

3.3%

Texas State University

3.3%

University of Maryland - University College

3.2%

Webster University

3.2%
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Majors

Business

40.1%

Supply Chain Management

8.3%

Management

5.8%

Communication

4.3%

Marketing

4.2%

Accounting

4.1%

Criminal Justice

3.9%

Psychology

3.2%

General Studies

3.0%

Political Science

2.4%

Computer Science

2.4%

International Business

2.3%

Liberal Arts

2.2%

Finance

2.2%

Health Care Administration

2.2%

Education

2.0%

Economics

1.9%

English

1.9%

History

1.8%

Human Resources Management

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

44.3%

Other

25.4%

Masters

12.2%

Associate

11.6%

Certificate

4.4%

Diploma

1.2%

Doctorate

0.6%

License

0.3%
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Real Logistics Coordinator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Supply Logistics Coordinator Exxon Mobil Corporation Fairfax, VA May 01, 2014 $110,800 -
$188,400
Logistics Coordinator Provisions International, Inc. Miramar, FL Aug 31, 2016 $103,750
Coordinator of Organizational and Logistical Devel Leon Medical Centers, Inc. Miami, FL Sep 18, 2014 $101,000
International Logistics Coordinator Mehadrin Dairy Corp Elizabeth, NJ Aug 03, 2016 $96,221
Logistics Coordinator Swift & Company Trade Group Greeley, CO Dec 15, 2013 $90,000
Logistics Coordinator Pos Enterprises Ltd Oak Park, IL Jan 14, 2016 $86,070
Logistics Coordinator Chain and Fantasia Inc. New York, NY Mar 23, 2015 $84,802
Business Operations & Logistics Coordinator Marine Supply Trading Group, LLC. Davie, FL Sep 20, 2016 $81,432
Logistics Coordinator Leon Medical Center Inc. Doral, FL May 01, 2015 $81,000
Logistics Coordinator Atlant-Pacific Wa, Inc. Bellevue, WA Sep 01, 2015 $80,000
Logistic Coordinator Intelligentisia Group LLC-Roadspace Chicago, IL Sep 16, 2016 $80,000
Coordinator of Organizational and Logistical Devel Leon Medical Centers, Inc. Miami, FL Sep 18, 2014 $80,000
Logistics Coordinator Nokia Inc. Irving, TX Dec 27, 2013 $63,033
Logistics Coordinator Tengfei, Inc. Baltimore, MD Sep 20, 2015 $62,610
Logistics Coordinator North America Gameloft, Inc. New York, NY Nov 04, 2013 $62,000
Logistics Coordinator Leon Medical Centers, Inc. Miami, FL Sep 18, 2014 $62,000
Logistics Coordinator Cargotrans, Inc. Valley Stream, NY Aug 15, 2013 $61,567
Logistics Coordinator Cargotrans, Inc. Valley Stream, NY Aug 20, 2014 $61,567
Export & Logistics Coordinator Ethosenergy Power Plant Services, LLC Houston, TX Mar 23, 2015 $60,154 -
$62,000
Logistics Coordinator Lucky Moving, Inc. Industry, CA Sep 10, 2013 $53,991
Logistics Coordinator Lucky Moving, Inc. Industry, CA Sep 15, 2013 $53,991
Logistics Coordinator WYW Logistics, Inc. Monterey Park, CA Sep 01, 2015 $53,949
International Logistics Coordinator Cargozone Logistics, Inc. Torrance, CA Aug 01, 2016 $53,768
Logistics Coordinator Akamai Technologies, Inc. Cambridge, MA Sep 01, 2013 $53,680 -
$70,000
Logistics Coordinator C.K. Group, Inc. Santa Ana, CA Jan 10, 2016 $53,469
Logistics Coordinator JPC Logistics LLC Hillsborough, NJ Sep 15, 2016 $53,000
Intl Logistics & Settlement Prjct Coordinator-Supply Chain CAE Integrated, LLC Austin, TX Nov 10, 2014 $52,500 -
$60,000

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Top Skills for A Logistics Coordinator

On-TimeDeliveryFreightCarriersProceduresMilitaryPersonnelSafetyPurchaseOrdersCustomerServiceDataEntryInventoryControlLTLContainerCustomerSatisfactionRawMaterialsInventoryManagementFreightForwardersCustomerOrdersLogisticsSupportInventoryLevelsERPSupervise

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  1. On-Time Delivery
  2. Freight Carriers
  3. Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Monitored shipments to guarantee on-time delivery.
  • Process orders for a variety of freight carriers, vendors and customers using data entry programs and bar-code scanning systems.
  • Review orders for completeness according to reporting procedures and forward incomplete orders for further processing.
  • Coordinated activities with military personnel and communicated pertinent information regarding flight rules and regulations to both the internal and external customer.
  • Conducted safety and compliance inspections of hazardous waste operations.

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