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Become A Logistics Support Specialist

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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

  • $73,022

    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

62.9%

Female

35.2%

Unknown

1.9%
Ethnicity

White

59.4%

Hispanic or Latino

17.3%

Black or African American

12.0%

Asian

7.7%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

53.8%

French

11.5%

German

7.7%

Hmong

7.7%

Portuguese

3.8%

Vietnamese

3.8%

Thai

3.8%

Italian

3.8%

Hausa

3.8%
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Logistics Support Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

17.4%

Community College of the Air Force

8.7%

American InterContinental University

7.2%

Northern Virginia Community College

5.8%

University of Texas at Austin

5.8%

Ashford University

5.8%

University of Maryland - University College

4.3%

Grantham University

4.3%

Indiana State University

4.3%

Rowan University

4.3%

University of Iowa

4.3%

Southeastern Louisiana University

4.3%

University of Akron

2.9%

Arizona State University

2.9%

San Jose State University

2.9%

Florida Institute of Technology-Melbourne

2.9%

New Mexico State University

2.9%

Liberty University

2.9%

Northern Kentucky University

2.9%

American University

2.9%
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Majors

Business

34.2%

Supply Chain Management

9.2%

Management

5.8%

Psychology

5.4%

Criminal Justice

5.0%

General Studies

4.2%

Computer Science

3.8%

Information Technology

3.8%

Accounting

3.8%

Communication

3.3%

Project Management

2.9%

Electrical Engineering

2.5%

Liberal Arts

2.5%

Marketing

2.5%

Education

2.1%

Health Care Administration

2.1%

Computer Information Systems

2.1%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.7%

Photography

1.7%

English

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

37.5%

Other

28.2%

Associate

15.1%

Masters

12.9%

Certificate

4.1%

Diploma

1.4%

License

0.5%

Doctorate

0.3%
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Top Skills for A Logistics Support Specialist

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  1. Repair Parts
  2. Logistics Support Analysis
  3. Procedures
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  • Controlled Accountability operations of over 4300 authorized storage lines (ASL) of repair parts valued in excess of $3M.
  • Aided in evaluating and establishing logistics support analysis.
  • Created and maintained current standard operating procedures for all administrative positions in theater.
  • Maintained a budget and a government purchase card, while projecting future expenses.
  • Performed customer service duties, including order processing and client communication.

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