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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

  • $75,000

    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

56.1%

Female

31.5%

Unknown

12.4%
Ethnicity

White

59.5%

Hispanic or Latino

17.1%

Black or African American

12.7%

Asian

7.4%

Unknown

3.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

59.4%

French

9.4%

German

6.3%

Hmong

6.3%

Portuguese

3.1%

Vietnamese

3.1%

Carrier

3.1%

Thai

3.1%

Italian

3.1%

Hausa

3.1%
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Logistics Support Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

20.9%

Community College of the Air Force

7.8%

Strayer University

6.1%

University of Cincinnati

5.2%

Arizona State University

5.2%

American InterContinental University

5.2%

Northern Virginia Community College

5.2%

Ashford University

4.3%

The Academy

4.3%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.5%

University of Maryland - University College

3.5%

Florida Institute of Technology-Melbourne

3.5%

Excelsior College

3.5%

University of Houston

3.5%

Central Texas College

3.5%

Grantham University

3.5%

Tidewater Community College

3.5%

Villanova University

2.6%

Southern State Community College

2.6%

Southeastern Louisiana University

2.6%
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Majors

Business

33.4%

Supply Chain Management

8.8%

Management

5.7%

Criminal Justice

5.7%

General Studies

4.9%

Accounting

4.9%

Psychology

4.4%

Computer Science

3.7%

Health Care Administration

3.4%

Information Technology

3.2%

Education

2.7%

Communication

2.7%

Marketing

2.7%

Electrical Engineering

2.5%

Project Management

2.2%

English

2.0%

Liberal Arts

2.0%

Political Science

1.7%

Finance

1.7%

Human Resources Management

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

38.3%

Other

27.3%

Associate

15.1%

Masters

12.5%

Certificate

4.8%

Diploma

1.4%

License

0.5%

Doctorate

0.2%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$45,000
Min 10%
$75,000
Median 50%
$75,000
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Highest Paying City
Minneapolis, MN
Highest Paying State
Minnesota
Avg Experience Level
3.0 years
How much does a Logistics Support Specialist make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Logistics Support Specialist in the United States is $75,813 per year or $36 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $45,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $126,000.

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Top Skills for A Logistics Support Specialist

  1. Logistics
  2. Repair Parts
  3. Customer Service
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provide advanced order management functions, export documentation and logistics support to global customers for delicate medical device shipments.
  • Maintained consumables and repair parts inventory.
  • Managed wide variety of customer service and administrative tasks to resolve customer issues quickly and efficiently.
  • Authorized, validated, and tracked all purchase card transactions for the Brigade Headquarters and supporting units.
  • Conduct daily/monthly cycle counts and monthly staging of audits to ensure inventory accuracy.

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