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Become A Logistics Team Member

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Working As A Logistics Team Member

  • 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 Team Member 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 Team Member

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 Team Member Career Paths

Logistics Team Member
Machine Operator Security Officer Night Auditor
Assistant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Operation Supervisor Distribution Manager
Director Of Distribution
10 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Operations Manager Purchasing Manager
Director Of Purchasing
10 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Associate Technician Operations Manager
Distribution Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Associate Warehouse Manager
Distribution Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Logistics Team Lead Senior Team Lead Operations Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Merchandiser Account Manager Purchasing Manager
Global Supply Chain Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Warehouse Manager Logistics Manager
Logistics Director
10 Yearsyrs
Driver Fleet Manager Logistics Manager
Logistics Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Logistics Specialist Purchasing Agent Materials Planner
Material Control Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Forklift Operator Warehouse Manager
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Logistics Team Lead Logistics Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Specialist Operations Manager Purchasing Manager
Procurement Officer
6 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Team Member Security Officer Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Specialist Operation Supervisor Logistics Manager
Senior Logistics Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Driver Transportation Manager Supply Chain Manager
Supply Chain Logistics Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Team Member Delivery Driver Operations Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Technician Surgical Technician Supply Technician
Supply Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Merchandiser Forklift Operator Warehouse Manager
Warehouse Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Logistics Team Member Demographics

Gender

Male

62.9%

Female

36.0%

Unknown

1.2%
Ethnicity

White

79.3%

Hispanic or Latino

11.6%

Asian

7.1%

Unknown

1.4%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

60.9%

French

8.7%

German

6.5%

Portuguese

3.3%

Chinese

3.3%

Tagalog

3.3%

Russian

3.3%

Hindi

2.2%

Korean

2.2%

Belarusian

1.1%

Hebrew

1.1%

Mandarin

1.1%

Urdu

1.1%

Arabic

1.1%

Italian

1.1%
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Logistics Team Member Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

11.5%

Liberty University

7.4%

Marshall University

6.6%

Northern Illinois University

5.7%

University of Alabama

4.9%

San Diego State University

4.9%

Southern New Hampshire University

4.9%

Western Michigan University

4.9%

University of South Florida

4.1%

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

4.1%

Trident Technical College

4.1%

Minnesota State University - Mankato

4.1%

Ashford University

4.1%

Southeastern Louisiana University

4.1%

Arizona State University

4.1%

Columbia College Chicago

4.1%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

4.1%

Ohio State University

4.1%

Old Dominion University

4.1%

University of Central Florida

4.1%
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Majors

Business

24.5%

Criminal Justice

9.4%

Accounting

5.5%

Computer Science

5.4%

General Studies

5.2%

Psychology

5.0%

Graphic Design

4.6%

Communication

4.2%

Information Technology

4.1%

Marketing

3.9%

English

3.8%

Management

3.1%

Liberal Arts

3.1%

Nursing

2.7%

History

2.7%

Education

2.6%

Health Care Administration

2.6%

Computer Information Systems

2.6%

Political Science

2.5%

Automotive Technology

2.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.9%

Other

28.2%

Associate

16.0%

Masters

6.5%

Certificate

4.8%

Diploma

1.7%

License

0.5%

Doctorate

0.3%
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Top Skills for A Logistics Team Member

NewMerchandiseFreightFlowReplenishSalesFloorCustomerServiceBackroomInventoryElectricPalletJackPDAStockMerchandiseStockShelvesStoreShelvesStockRoomSortDriveSalesGuestServiceExtraMerchandiseProperEquipmentBackstockRFDeliveryTrucksProperLocation

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Top Logistics Team Member Skills

  1. New Merchandise
  2. Freight Flow
  3. Replenish Sales Floor
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Prepare new merchandise for the sales floor by unloading, prepping, stocking merchandise and responding to customer requests instinctively.
  • Facilitated productivity, accuracy, and the achievement of goals by managing the receiving processes, freight flow and replenishment transition.
  • Worked well with a team to replenish sales floor with product that was ordered and received.
  • Received numerous complimentary note cards from guests regarding my excellent customer service.
  • Participate in receiving processes, freight flow and backroom inventory meeting productivity goals and objectives.

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