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Working As A Logistics Specialist

  • 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

  • $69,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Logistics Specialist 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 Specialist

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 Specialist Career Paths

Logistics Specialist
Logistics Coordinator Office Manager Purchasing Manager
Director Of Purchasing
10 Yearsyrs
Logistics Coordinator Logistics Manager Operations Manager
Distribution Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Logistics Coordinator Logistics Manager
Senior Logistics Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Manager Operations Manager
Logistics Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Warehouse Manager Logistics Manager
Logistics Director
9 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Warehouse Manager Material Manager
Director Of Materials Management
7 Yearsyrs
Buyer Purchasing Manager
Director Of Supply Chain Management
11 Yearsyrs
Buyer Supervisor Shipping Supervisor
Shipping Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Buyer Production Supervisor
Distribution Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Technician Production Supervisor Warehouse Supervisor
Inventory Control Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Purchasing Agent Planner/Buyer Master Scheduler
Production Control Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Recruiter Procurement Agent Senior Buyer
Supply Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Technician Production Supervisor Purchasing Manager
Supply Chain Lead
9 Yearsyrs
Logistics Analyst Operations Manager Supply Chain Manager
Supply Chain Logistics Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Technician Operation Supervisor Logistics Supervisor
Customer Logistics Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Logistics Management Specialist Logistics Analyst
Logistics Lead
6 Yearsyrs
Analyst Management Analyst Logistics Analyst
Logistics Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Operations Specialist Senior Specialist
Property Management Specialist
7 Yearsyrs
Operation Supervisor Superintendent Operations Project Manager
Logistics Project Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Logistics Officer 3.8 years
Logistics Lead 3.1 years
Logistics Analyst 2.7 years
Specialist 2.6 years
Top Careers Before Logistics Specialist
Cashier 15.7%
Internship 4.3%
Manager 4.2%
Supervisor 3.8%
Server 3.0%
Top Careers After Logistics Specialist
Cashier 8.7%
Manager 4.3%
Driver 3.5%
Supervisor 3.3%
Buyer 3.3%

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Logistics Specialist Demographics

Gender

Male

57.0%

Female

31.3%

Unknown

11.8%
Ethnicity

White

59.9%

Hispanic or Latino

17.0%

Black or African American

12.7%

Asian

6.9%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

55.5%

French

8.0%

Chinese

4.7%

German

4.0%

Russian

3.8%

Mandarin

3.6%

Carrier

3.6%

Portuguese

3.1%

Italian

2.2%

Korean

1.8%

Japanese

1.6%

Arabic

1.6%

Cantonese

1.5%

Polish

1.2%

Hindi

1.1%

Tagalog

0.8%

Ukrainian

0.6%

Swedish

0.4%

Vietnamese

0.4%

Dakota

0.4%
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Logistics Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

25.2%

Ashford University

7.0%

Strayer University

6.4%

University of Maryland - University College

5.6%

Central Texas College

5.4%

American University

4.6%

Community College of the Air Force

4.6%

Kaplan University

4.5%

Liberty University

4.5%

Saint Leo University

3.9%

American InterContinental University

3.3%

Tidewater Community College

3.0%

Columbia Southern University

3.0%

The Academy

2.9%

Colorado Technical University

2.9%

University of Houston

2.9%

Troy University

2.6%

ECPI University

2.6%

Webster University

2.6%

Southern New Hampshire University

2.5%
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Majors

Business

34.6%

Supply Chain Management

9.8%

Criminal Justice

7.6%

General Studies

4.9%

Management

4.8%

Accounting

4.3%

Psychology

3.7%

Computer Science

3.2%

Communication

2.7%

Health Care Administration

2.5%

Finance

2.4%

Marketing

2.3%

Information Technology

2.3%

Medical Assisting Services

2.3%

Computer Information Systems

2.2%

Liberal Arts

2.1%

Nursing

2.1%

Human Resources Management

2.1%

Education

2.0%

Graphic Design

2.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

37.6%

Other

28.4%

Associate

15.9%

Masters

10.4%

Certificate

5.0%

Diploma

1.9%

Doctorate

0.5%

License

0.3%
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Best Paying Company
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Highest Paying City
Bellevue, WA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
3.4 years
How much does a Logistics Specialist make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Logistics Specialist in the United States is $70,043 per year or $34 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $43,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $111,000.

Real Logistics Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Logistics Specialist Robert Bosch Tool Corporation IL Jul 12, 2016 $109,637
SAP Logistics (Warehouse Management) IBM India Private Limited Santa Clara, CA Sep 18, 2015 $98,771 -
$112,554
Logistics Specialist Vindemia Inc. DBA The Wine Cellarage New York, NY Jul 09, 2015 $93,579
Distribution and Logistics Specialist Praxair, Inc. Tonawanda, NY Apr 08, 2016 $92,000
Logistics Specialist, Zinc/Copper Glencore Ltd. Stamford, CT Oct 01, 2015 $85,000
Coord/Supv Logistics II Baker Hughes Incorporated Houston, TX Sep 27, 2016 $83,600
International Logistics Specialist Mahle Industries Incorporated Farmington Hills, MI Jun 16, 2016 $82,742
Logistics Specialist City Ocean International, Inc. Diamond Bar, CA Jan 12, 2016 $79,200
Logistics Specialist Chois Interntional, Inc. Doraville, GA Jan 13, 2016 $77,459
Logistics Specialist Odes UTVS LLC Riverside, CA Jul 10, 2015 $76,232
Cotton Quality and Logistics Specialist Hang Tung Resources (USA) Co., Ltd. Northbrook, IL Sep 22, 2015 $75,000
Logistics Specialist American Patriot Lines Inc. DBA Tier One Logistics Fort Lee, NJ Sep 16, 2016 $73,757
Logistics Specialist, Oil & Gas Drilling Equipment Honghua America, LLC Houston, TX Jan 26, 2015 $73,635
International Commerce Logistics Specialist Life Enterprise Global LLC Fairfield, NJ Jul 09, 2015 $61,358
International Commerce Logistics Specialist Life Enterprise Global LLC Fairfield, NJ Sep 07, 2015 $61,358
Logistics Specialist Uniclima International LLC Doral, FL Oct 01, 2015 $61,000
Logistics Specialist Uniclima International LLC Hallandale Beach, FL Oct 01, 2015 $61,000
Logistics Specialist Royal Fixtures Inc. Houston, TX Sep 18, 2015 $60,356
Logistics Specialist Deus Ex MacHina Motorcycles USA Inc. CA Mar 22, 2016 $60,000
Logistics Specialist Hwami Bearing Limited Company Houston, TX Feb 09, 2016 $60,000
Logistics Specialist Dsecargonet USA Inc. Torrance, CA Aug 26, 2015 $59,980
Logistics Specialist Dsecargonet USA, Inc. Torrance, CA Feb 20, 2015 $53,810
Logistics Specialist Newegg Inc. Industry, CA Sep 15, 2015 $53,768 -
$68,768
Logistics Specialist Jetro Holdings LLC NY Sep 21, 2016 $53,561
Logistics Specialist Maypro Industries LLC NY Sep 22, 2016 $52,926
Purchasing and Logistics Specialist Dongwon Autopart Technology Georgia LLC Hogansville, GA Dec 27, 2016 $52,894
Transportation & Logistics Specialist/Scandinaviantraderoute Transfair N. America Int'l Freight Services, Inc. Wood Dale, IL Apr 20, 2016 $52,582 -
$57,000

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Top Skills for A Logistics Specialist

  1. Procedures
  2. Timely Delivery
  3. Purchase Card
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  • Utilized various military specialized weapons to improve marksmanship skills while adhering to all safety policies and procedures.
  • Identified and maintained sustainable processes to ensure timely delivery and no interruption of shipping to U.S. and international customers.
  • Provided proper documentation to an Approving Official/Certifying Officer in support of a Government Purchase Card purchases.
  • Manage finished goods inventory, including cycle counts and discrepancy investigations.
  • Provided clerical and technical support and consistent problem solving to enhance inventory control and storage functions

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