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Working As A Logistics Operator

  • 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

  • $74,260

    Average Salary

What Does A Logistics Operator 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 Operator

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 Operator Career Paths

Logistics Operator
Account Executive Product Manager Purchasing Manager
Director Of Purchasing
10 Yearsyrs
Logistics Director Director Of Distribution Supply Chain Manager
Director, Procurement
13 Yearsyrs
Chief Operating Officer Finance Advisor Operations Manager
Distribution Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Logistics Manager General Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Logistics Manager Operations Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Chief Operating Officer Senior Business Analyst Supply Chain Manager
Logistics Director
10 Yearsyrs
President Of Operations Construction Manager Logistics Manager
Logistics Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Security Officer Account Manager
National Account Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager General Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Program Manager General Manager Account Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Account Manager Sales Manager Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Operations Director
President Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Business Developer Senior Business Analyst Purchasing Manager
Procurement Officer
6 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Consultant Senior Consultant
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Technician Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Account Executive Sales Manager Operations Manager
Regional Operation Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Business Developer Business Development Manager Supply Chain Manager
Senior Logistics Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Account Manager Operations Manager
Senior Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Logistics Director Business Development Manager Supply Chain Manager
Supply Chain Logistics Manager
9 Yearsyrs
President Of Operations Driver Transportation Manager
Warehouse Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Lead Operator 3.9 years
Logistics Manager 3.9 years
Logistics Planner 3.4 years
Logistics Director 3.4 years
Planer Operator 3.1 years
Logistics Operator 3.0 years
Logistics Lead 2.8 years
Logistics Analyst 2.6 years
Top Employers Before
Manager 6.2%
Internship 5.2%
Supervisor 4.7%
Cashier 3.9%
Top Employers After
Director 4.5%
Manager 3.2%

Logistics Operator Demographics

Gender

Male

77.6%

Female

20.1%

Unknown

2.3%
Ethnicity

White

76.5%

Hispanic or Latino

13.0%

Asian

8.0%

Unknown

1.7%

Black or African American

0.9%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

43.0%

Portuguese

9.7%

German

7.5%

French

7.5%

Chinese

6.5%

Mandarin

5.4%

Italian

4.3%

Carrier

3.2%

Russian

2.2%

Arabic

2.2%

Vietnamese

1.1%

Ukrainian

1.1%

Persian

1.1%

Dutch

1.1%

Japanese

1.1%

Gujarati

1.1%

Korean

1.1%

Hmong

1.1%
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Logistics Operator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

17.9%

Pennsylvania State University

7.3%

Northeastern University

6.6%

Ashford University

6.0%

Webster University

6.0%

Liberty University

5.3%

Michigan State University

4.6%

Central Michigan University

4.6%

Troy University

4.0%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.0%

Community College of the Air Force

4.0%

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

3.3%

Villanova University

3.3%

Columbia Southern University

3.3%

Cornell University

3.3%

University of Houston

3.3%

Park University

3.3%

Northern Illinois University

3.3%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.3%

Strayer University

3.3%
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Majors

Business

39.7%

Supply Chain Management

9.8%

Management

6.5%

Criminal Justice

5.0%

Finance

4.0%

General Studies

3.5%

Marketing

3.3%

Accounting

3.3%

Project Management

2.7%

Human Resources Management

2.6%

Communication

2.6%

Psychology

2.3%

Political Science

2.1%

Computer Information Systems

2.1%

International Business

1.8%

Electrical Engineering

1.8%

Health Care Administration

1.8%

History

1.8%

Computer Science

1.7%

Education

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.2%

Other

23.9%

Masters

21.5%

Associate

7.2%

Certificate

4.5%

Diploma

1.2%

Doctorate

0.5%

License

0.1%
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Real Logistics Operator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Global Order Management/Logistics OPS Project Mana Google Inc. Austell, GA Jul 01, 2012 $87,100
Air & Ocean Logistics Operations Mainfreight Inc. Carson, CA Jan 09, 2016 $54,413
Air and Ocean Logistics Operations Mainfreight Inc. Carson, CA Sep 15, 2013 $53,123 -
$55,000
Logistics Operations Mainfreight Inc. Carson, CA Jan 01, 2011 $50,000
Operations Logistics Coord, Frigorific Industry Ana Paula Black Angus Quality In Beef M LLC Miami, FL May 07, 2008 $35,521

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Top Skills for A Logistics Operator

ProceduresMilitaryPersonnelSafetyRegulationsLogisticsOperationsFacilityCycleCountsCombatLogisticsSupportVehicleCustomerServiceInventoryManagementAdditionalManagementSystemEmergencyProcessImprovementCustomerSatisfactionHumanResourcesERPDistributionCentersRawMaterials

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Top Logistics Operator Skills

  1. Procedures
  2. Military Personnel
  3. Safety Regulations
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Formulate and implement departmental and organizational policies and procedures to maximize output.
  • Facilitated investigation surrounding counterfeit parts developing plans to train key military personnel in detecting counterfeit parts and purge them supply pool.
  • Adhered to all safety requirements, including Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.
  • Monitored logistics operations to ensure proper use of Division resources and compliance with management control systems.
  • Evaluated the consolidation of other division warehouses into the Mundelein facility.

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