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Working As A Logistics Support 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

  • $74,260

    Average Salary

What Does A Logistics Support 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 Support 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 Support Specialist Demographics

Gender

Male

63.2%

Female

34.5%

Unknown

2.3%
Ethnicity

White

78.7%

Hispanic or Latino

12.2%

Asian

7.4%

Unknown

1.2%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

51.9%

German

11.1%

French

7.4%

Hmong

7.4%

Portuguese

3.7%

Vietnamese

3.7%

Russian

3.7%

Korean

3.7%

Italian

3.7%

Hausa

3.7%
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Logistics Support Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

16.9%

Community College of the Air Force

7.0%

Ashford University

7.0%

Northern Virginia Community College

5.6%

University of Texas at Austin

5.6%

University of Maryland - University College

4.2%

Florida Institute of Technology-Melbourne

4.2%

Liberty University

4.2%

Grantham University

4.2%

Villanova University

4.2%

American InterContinental University

4.2%

Indiana State University

4.2%

Rowan University

4.2%

University of Cincinnati

4.2%

University of Iowa

4.2%

University of Hawaii at Manoa

4.2%

University of Akron

2.8%

U.S. Army Command and General Staff College

2.8%

Amberton University

2.8%

Northwood University

2.8%
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Majors

Business

32.5%

Supply Chain Management

8.9%

Management

7.0%

Criminal Justice

5.9%

Psychology

4.8%

General Studies

4.1%

Project Management

4.1%

Information Technology

4.1%

Communication

3.3%

Accounting

3.3%

Computer Science

3.0%

Marketing

3.0%

Aviation

2.6%

Liberal Arts

2.6%

Electrical Engineering

2.2%

Education

2.2%

Economics

1.8%

Computer Information Systems

1.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.5%

Photography

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

38.5%

Other

26.1%

Masters

15.4%

Associate

13.2%

Certificate

4.9%

Diploma

1.2%

License

0.5%

Doctorate

0.2%
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Top Skills for A Logistics Support Specialist

LogisticsSupportAnalysisRepairPartsAccountabilityRecordsPurchaseOrdersCustomerServiceSafetyInventoryControlILSClearanceManagementSystemTechnicalManualsDepotTechnicalSupportEnsureComplianceTestEquipmentFedexIAWMedalDataEntryPbuse

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Top Logistics Support Specialist Skills

  1. Logistics Support Analysis
  2. Repair Parts
  3. Accountability Records
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Aided in evaluating and establishing logistics support analysis.
  • Controlled Accountability operations of over 4300 authorized storage lines (ASL) of repair parts valued in excess of $3M.
  • Maintained and requested new Purchase Orders to be created for payment of carrier's.
  • Provide daily customer service while balancing daily warehouse functions.
  • Received 0 critical findings during Air Force level safety inspection.

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