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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

  • $54,003

    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
Warehouse Manager Operation Supervisor Logistics Coordinator
Customer Logistics Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Account Manager Purchasing Manager
Director Of Materials Management
7 Yearsyrs
Logistics Manager Purchasing Manager
Director Of Purchasing
10 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Operations Manager Supply Chain Manager
Director Of Supply Chain Operations
12 Yearsyrs
Logistics Manager Operations Manager
Distribution Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Supply Technician Logistics Analyst Logistics Manager
Global Logistics Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Driver Fleet Manager Logistics Manager
International Logistics Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Worker Warehouse Supervisor Inventory Control Supervisor
Inventory Control Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Logistics Analyst Logistics Manager
Logistics Director
10 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Supervisor Logistics Coordinator Logistics Analyst
Logistics Lead
7 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Worker Warehouse Manager Logistics Coordinator
Logistics Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Production Supervisor Logistics Manager
Logistics Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Logistics Supervisor Operation Supervisor Logistics Manager
Logistics Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Supervisor Material Coordinator Materials Planner
Material Control Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Production Supervisor Logistics Manager
Senior Logistics Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Analyst Supply Chain Analyst
Senior Supply Chain Analyst
7 Yearsyrs
Logistics Supervisor Logistics Manager Purchasing Manager
Supply Chain Lead
9 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Supply Chain Manager
Supply Chain Logistics Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Manager Purchasing Agent Senior Buyer
Supply Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Forklift Operator Warehouse Manager
Warehouse Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Supply Specialist 4.1 years
Logistics Manager 3.9 years
Logistics Lead 2.9 years
Logistics Operator 2.7 years
Logistics Clerk 2.6 years
Logistics Analyst 2.6 years
Top Careers Before Logistics Specialist
Cashier 11.0%
Internship 4.8%
Teller 4.6%
Manager 4.5%
Supervisor 4.0%
Specialist 3.1%
Top Careers After Logistics Specialist
Cashier 5.4%
Manager 4.7%
Buyer 3.8%
Supervisor 3.5%
Internship 3.4%

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Logistics Specialist Demographics

Gender

Male

62.2%

Female

35.7%

Unknown

2.0%
Ethnicity

White

59.4%

Hispanic or Latino

17.0%

Black or African American

12.4%

Asian

7.5%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

50.8%

French

8.9%

Chinese

5.0%

Carrier

4.7%

German

4.7%

Russian

4.5%

Mandarin

3.7%

Portuguese

2.8%

Italian

2.6%

Korean

1.9%

Japanese

1.6%

Hindi

1.5%

Polish

1.5%

Arabic

1.5%

Cantonese

1.3%

Ukrainian

0.8%

Dakota

0.6%

Swedish

0.5%

Hebrew

0.5%

Tagalog

0.5%
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Logistics Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

23.0%

Ashford University

7.5%

Strayer University

6.0%

Liberty University

5.9%

Community College of the Air Force

5.2%

Central Texas College

5.2%

American University

4.4%

American InterContinental University

4.2%

Troy University

4.0%

University of Maryland - University College

4.0%

Kaplan University

3.9%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.8%

Colorado Technical University

3.5%

Saint Leo University

3.3%

ECPI University

2.8%

Webster University

2.8%

Vincennes University

2.7%

Michigan State University

2.6%

Tidewater Community College

2.5%

Columbia Southern University

2.5%
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Majors

Business

35.3%

Supply Chain Management

10.1%

Criminal Justice

7.4%

Management

4.8%

General Studies

4.6%

Accounting

4.3%

Psychology

3.6%

Computer Science

3.4%

Communication

2.9%

Information Technology

2.6%

Computer Information Systems

2.4%

Liberal Arts

2.3%

Finance

2.3%

Marketing

2.3%

Human Resources Management

2.1%

Nursing

2.0%

Health Care Administration

2.0%

Education

1.9%

Medical Assisting Services

1.9%

Political Science

1.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

37.3%

Other

29.3%

Associate

14.5%

Masters

11.3%

Certificate

5.4%

Diploma

1.4%

Doctorate

0.6%

License

0.3%
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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 Sep 07, 2015 $61,358
International Commerce Logistics Specialist Life Enterprise Global LLC Fairfield, NJ Jul 09, 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 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 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. Delivery
  3. Safety
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  • Adhere to monthly unit supply procedures by verifying internal inventory and submitting requests for supply replenishment.
  • Executed short term logistics initiatives and manage delivery performance to priority clients.
  • Validate different financial reports monthly including operating target budget fund, consolidated allowance listings, and material safety data sheets.
  • Experience utilizing Government Purchase Card in accordance to procurement regulations, methods and procedures.
  • Performed Quarterly Inventory Cycle Counts to maintain integrity of inventory.

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