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Working As A Logistics Technician

  • Getting Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $76,000

    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 Career Paths

Logistics Technician
Technician Operation Supervisor Logistics Manager
Senior Logistics Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Technician Production Supervisor Purchasing Manager
Director Of Purchasing
10 Yearsyrs
Technician Team Leader Operation Supervisor
Senior Operations Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Logistics Specialist Logistics Coordinator
Logistics Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Logistics Specialist Logistics Coordinator Logistics Manager
Logistics Director
9 Yearsyrs
Logistics Specialist Buyer Supply Chain Manager
Senior Manager-Supply Chain Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Logistics Analyst Logistics Manager Purchasing Manager
Director Of Supply Chain Management
11 Yearsyrs
Logistics Analyst Supply Chain Analyst
Senior Supply Chain Analyst
7 Yearsyrs
Logistics Analyst Supply Chain Analyst Purchasing Manager
Director Of Materials Management
7 Yearsyrs
Logistics Coordinator Buyer
Inventory Control Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Buyer Senior Buyer
Supply Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Analyst Operations Manager Supply Chain Manager
Supply Chain Logistics Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Analyst Senior Finance Analyst Planning Manager
Demand Planning Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Analyst Operations Manager Operations Project Manager
Logistics Project Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Specialist Operation Supervisor Logistics Supervisor
Customer Logistics Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Dispatcher Recruiter Procurement Agent
Procurement Officer
5 Yearsyrs
Logistics Management Specialist Senior Logistics Analyst Transportation Manager
Global Logistics Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Logistics Management Specialist Logistics Engineer
Logistics Lead
6 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Operations Manager Logistics Operations Manager
Logistics Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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Logistics Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

65.0%

Female

26.3%

Unknown

8.7%
Ethnicity

White

60.5%

Hispanic or Latino

16.6%

Black or African American

12.6%

Asian

7.0%

Unknown

3.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

47.5%

French

6.6%

German

4.9%

Romanian

4.9%

Russian

4.9%

Carrier

4.9%

Italian

4.9%

Japanese

3.3%

Arabic

3.3%

Vietnamese

1.6%

Chinese

1.6%

Turkish

1.6%

Samoan

1.6%

Hindi

1.6%

Mandarin

1.6%

Urdu

1.6%

Cantonese

1.6%

Hmong

1.6%
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Logistics Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

19.2%

Community College of the Air Force

7.7%

Strayer University

7.7%

Ashford University

7.1%

Central Texas College

6.8%

Troy University

4.3%

Colorado Technical University

4.3%

University of Maryland - University College

4.0%

Columbia Southern University

3.7%

American InterContinental University

3.7%

University of Wisconsin - Green Bay

3.7%

Pennsylvania State University

3.4%

Liberty University

3.4%

Saint Leo University

3.4%

The Academy

3.1%

College of Southern Maryland

3.1%

Northern Virginia Community College

3.1%

Defense Acquisition University

2.8%

Athens State University

2.8%

Park University

2.5%
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Majors

Business

33.2%

Supply Chain Management

10.0%

Management

5.6%

General Studies

5.5%

Criminal Justice

4.2%

Computer Information Systems

4.1%

Accounting

4.0%

Information Technology

3.4%

Electrical Engineering

3.4%

Computer Science

3.3%

Psychology

3.0%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.9%

Communication

2.9%

Human Resources Management

2.4%

Education

2.2%

Marketing

2.2%

Nursing

2.0%

Biology

2.0%

Graphic Design

2.0%

Liberal Arts

1.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

38.3%

Other

27.2%

Associate

17.6%

Masters

8.9%

Certificate

4.9%

Diploma

2.1%

License

0.6%

Doctorate

0.4%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$45,000
Min 10%
$76,000
Median 50%
$76,000
Median 50%
$76,000
Median 50%
$76,000
Median 50%
$76,000
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$76,000
Median 50%
$76,000
Median 50%
$129,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Microsoft
Highest Paying City
Anchorage, AK
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
3.1 years
How much does a Logistics Technician make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Logistics Technician in the United States is $76,800 per year or $37 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $45,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $129,000.

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 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
Logistic Technologist Cimpress Detroit, Incorporated Detroit, MI May 10, 2015 $80,000 -
$90,000

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Top Skills for A Logistics Technician

  1. Timely Delivery
  2. Procedures
  3. Customer Service
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Integrated information, transportation, inventory, warehousing, material handling, packaging and security to ensure timely delivery of packages.
  • Sample and release incoming raw materials used within the manufacturing process following company guidelines and established procedures.
  • Executed and supervised day-to-day operational activities including customer service, demand planning, inventory reconciliation and warehouse and transportation activities.
  • Provide data entry for multiple databases along with order validation and delivery.
  • Perform numerous logistics duties daily to include database management, scanning and tagging equipment for Property Accountability and tracking purposes.

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