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.
|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 -
|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|
|Logistics Specialist||Royal Fixtures Inc.||Houston, TX||Sep 18, 2015||$60,356|
|Logistics Specialist||Hwami Bearing Limited Company||Houston, TX||Feb 09, 2016||$60,000|
|Logistics Specialist||Deus Ex MacHina Motorcycles USA Inc.||CA||Mar 22, 2016||$60,000|
|Logistics Specialist||ATC Logistics Inc.||Paramount, CA||Sep 15, 2015||$59,980|
|Logistics Specialist||Dsecargonet USA Inc.||Torrance, CA||Aug 26, 2015||$59,980|
|Financial and Logistical Specialist||Global Courier Express, Inc.||South El Monte, CA||Oct 03, 2015||$59,480|
|Financial and Logistical Specialist||Global Courier Express, Inc.||South El Monte, CA||Mar 10, 2015||$59,480|
|Logistics Specialist||Newegg Inc.||Edison, NJ||Sep 15, 2015||$58,635 -
|Logistics Specialist||Dsecargonet USA, Inc.||Torrance, CA||Feb 20, 2015||$53,810|
|Logistics Specialist||Newegg Inc.||Industry, CA||Sep 15, 2015||$53,768 -
|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 -
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