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Working As A Logistics Technician

  • 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 Technician 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 Technician

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 Technician jobs

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Logistics Technician Career Paths

Logistics Technician
Logistics Coordinator Account Manager Human Resources Coordinator
Director Of Human Resources
10 Yearsyrs
Material Manager Purchasing Manager
Director Of Purchasing
10 Yearsyrs
Supply Chain Specialist Purchasing Manager
Director, Procurement
13 Yearsyrs
Logistics Manager General Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Logistics Analyst Logistics Manager Operations Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Supply Chain Specialist Supply Chain Manager
Logistics Director
10 Yearsyrs
Logistics Management Specialist Logistics Analyst Logistics Manager
Logistics Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Specialist Material Coordinator Materials Planner
Material Control Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Supply Sergeant Supply Technician Purchasing Agent
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Logistics Manager Operations Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Logistics Specialist Logistics Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Logistics Supervisor Project Manager Purchasing Manager
Procurement Officer
6 Yearsyrs
Logistics Specialist Security Officer Account Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Logistics Coordinator Logistics Specialist Logistics Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Material Manager Manufacturing Manager Operations Manager
Regional Operation Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Supervisor Operations Manager Account Executive
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Logistics Supervisor Operation Supervisor Logistics Manager
Senior Logistics Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Supervisor Warehouse Manager Operations Manager
Senior Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Logistics Analyst Project Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Supply Sergeant Material Handler Supply Technician
Supply Manager
6 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Logistics Manager 3.9 years
Logistics Planner 3.4 years
Logistics Operator 3.0 years
Logistics Lead 2.8 years
Logistics Analyst 2.6 years
Logistic Assistant 1.9 years
Top Employers Before
Cashier 5.2%
Technician 4.8%
Supervisor 4.4%
Internship 3.5%
Top Employers After
Technician 4.6%
Supervisor 3.8%
Buyer 3.3%

Logistics Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

69.1%

Female

28.6%

Unknown

2.2%
Ethnicity

White

80.2%

Hispanic or Latino

11.4%

Asian

6.7%

Unknown

1.2%

Black or African American

0.4%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

47.1%

Carrier

9.8%

Romanian

5.9%

Japanese

5.9%

French

5.9%

Italian

5.9%

German

3.9%

Vietnamese

2.0%

Turkish

2.0%

Samoan

2.0%

Hmong

2.0%

Hindi

2.0%

Russian

2.0%

Urdu

2.0%

Cantonese

2.0%
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Logistics Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

19.8%

Community College of the Air Force

7.0%

Strayer University

7.0%

Ashford University

6.4%

Central Texas College

5.9%

University of Maryland - University College

4.8%

Liberty University

4.8%

Troy University

4.3%

Columbia Southern University

4.3%

Colorado Technical University

4.3%

Pennsylvania State University

3.2%

Defense Acquisition University

3.2%

Athens State University

3.2%

Calhoun Community College

3.2%

University of Wisconsin - Green Bay

3.2%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.2%

Capella University

3.2%

Northern Virginia Community College

3.2%

Grand Canyon University

3.2%

Trident Technical College

2.7%
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Majors

Business

32.3%

Supply Chain Management

10.6%

General Studies

6.4%

Management

6.2%

Information Technology

4.2%

Criminal Justice

4.0%

Accounting

3.9%

Computer Science

3.7%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.3%

Computer Information Systems

3.3%

Electrical Engineering

3.0%

Communication

3.0%

Psychology

2.8%

Project Management

2.2%

Computer Networking

2.2%

Human Resources Management

2.0%

Education

1.9%

Graphic Design

1.9%

Biology

1.7%

Marketing

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

36.1%

Other

28.4%

Associate

15.9%

Masters

11.1%

Certificate

5.3%

Diploma

2.1%

Doctorate

0.9%

License

0.3%
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Real Logistics Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Lead Logistic Technologist Cimpress Detroit Incorporated Detroit, MI Sep 09, 2016 $114,379
Logistic Technologist Cimpress Detroit, Incorporated Detroit, MI May 10, 2015 $80,000 -
$90,000
Logistic Technologist Cimpress USA, Incorporated Lexington, MA May 25, 2015 $80,000 -
$90,000
Logistic Technologist Cimpress Detroit, Incorporated Detroit, MI Oct 05, 2015 $80,000 -
$90,000

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Top Skills for A Logistics Technician

TimelyDeliveryRepairPartsProceduresSafetyDataEntryPropertyAccountabilityCustomerServicePurchaseFacilityLogisticsSupportInventoryControlInventoryManagementHazardousMaterialsAssetERPEmergencyFedexPackageEnsureAccuracyTroubleshoot

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Top Logistics Technician Skills

  1. Timely Delivery
  2. Repair Parts
  3. Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Coordinated timely delivery schedules for both consumer and business medical products across East Tennessee.
  • Source and order repair parts keeping a budget in mind while researching the best price and delivery options.
  • Sample and release incoming raw materials used within the manufacturing process following company guidelines and established procedures.
  • Provide drivers with safety procedures and policies to allow them to effectively service the customer's transit needs.
  • Performed data entry to update inventory records.

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