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Working As A Planning 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

  • $72,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Planning 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 Planning 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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Planning Specialist Career Paths

Planning Specialist
Senior Finance Analyst Senior Business Analyst Product Manager
Brand Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager Product Manager
Business Development Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Planning Analyst Senior Finance Analyst Business Manager
Business Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Program Manager General Manager
Business Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Analyst Planner Planning Manager
Business Planning Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Finance Analyst Data Analyst Marketing Analyst
Customer Relationship Management Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Planning Manager Senior Project Manager Development Director
Development Vice President
10 Yearsyrs
Planning Manager Operations Director Driver
Fleet Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Human Resources Coordinator
Human Resources Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager General Manager Account Manager
Key Account Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Senior Finance Analyst
Manager Finance Planning And Analysis
8 Yearsyrs
Finance Analyst Plant Controller Material Manager
Material Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Account Executive Regional Sales Manager
Regional Sales Director
11 Yearsyrs
Analyst Project Coordinator Marketing Specialist
Senior Marketing Specialist
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Finance Analyst Operations Manager Underwriter
Senior Underwriter
8 Yearsyrs
Planning Analyst Business Analyst Business Manager
Service Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Product Manager Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Marketing Manager Operations Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager General Manager Account Executive
Territory Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Senior Specialist 3.7 years
Staff Specialist 3.7 years
Planning Analyst 2.8 years
Specialist 2.5 years
Project Specialist 2.5 years
Data Specialist 2.5 years
Support Specialist 2.3 years
Top Careers Before Planning Specialist
Internship 9.2%
Supervisor 5.4%
Manager 4.0%
Specialist 3.5%
Planner 3.5%
Consultant 3.3%
Associate 3.2%
Top Careers After Planning Specialist
Manager 6.2%
Consultant 5.7%
Supervisor 4.7%
Director 4.2%
Analyst 4.0%
Specialist 3.8%
Planner 3.5%

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Planning Specialist Demographics

Gender

Female

49.1%

Male

48.9%

Unknown

2.0%
Ethnicity

White

62.0%

Hispanic or Latino

14.9%

Black or African American

10.9%

Asian

8.4%

Unknown

3.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

47.6%

Italian

6.5%

Mandarin

5.6%

Chinese

5.6%

German

5.6%

Japanese

5.6%

French

3.2%

Portuguese

3.2%

Vietnamese

2.4%

Russian

2.4%

Arabic

2.4%

Thai

1.6%

Carrier

1.6%

Polish

1.6%

Hmong

0.8%

Korean

0.8%

Turkish

0.8%

Navajo

0.8%

Uzbek

0.8%

Albanian

0.8%
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Planning Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

16.5%

Central Michigan University

6.1%

Strayer University

6.1%

Michigan State University

5.2%

University of Maryland - University College

5.2%

DePaul University

5.2%

Eastern Michigan University

4.7%

Illinois State University

4.2%

Pennsylvania State University

4.2%

Villanova University

4.2%

University of Central Florida

4.2%

Purdue University

4.2%

American University

4.2%

University of Chicago

4.2%

Iowa State University

3.8%

Western Michigan University

3.8%

Saint Cloud State University

3.8%

University of California - Irvine

3.3%

University of Texas at San Antonio

3.3%

Virginia Commonwealth University

3.3%
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Majors

Business

36.0%

Finance

8.0%

Management

6.3%

Marketing

5.4%

Accounting

5.2%

Communication

4.1%

Psychology

4.0%

Human Resources Management

3.7%

Economics

2.8%

Education

2.7%

Computer Science

2.6%

Criminal Justice

2.4%

Social Work

2.3%

Political Science

2.3%

Supply Chain Management

2.3%

Project Management

2.2%

English

2.1%

Biology

2.0%

Computer Information Systems

1.9%

General Studies

1.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.7%

Masters

29.2%

Other

14.3%

Associate

6.2%

Certificate

3.5%

Doctorate

2.0%

Diploma

0.9%

License

0.3%
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Real Planning Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Geologist/Reservoir Modeling & Well Planning Specialist BP America Inc. Houston, TX Jul 01, 2015 $205,525
Reservoir Modeling & Well Planning Specialist BP America Inc. Houston, TX Feb 23, 2015 $205,525
Senior Planning Specialist Exxon Mobil Corporation Houston, TX Aug 25, 2013 $185,600 -
$315,600
Construction Scheduling and Planning Specialist Omnibuild New York, NY Sep 19, 2016 $150,000
Operations Planning and Exucution Specialist Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Dec 14, 2015 $142,581
Enterprise Resource Planning Specialist The Nasdaq OMX Group, Inc. Rockville, MD Aug 10, 2015 $121,701 -
$135,000
Business Planning Specialist Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Dec 01, 2014 $119,800 -
$139,800
Product Definition & Change Planning Specialist CTS Technical Services, Inc. Everett, WA Jan 06, 2014 $114,263 -
$141,916
Lead Marketing Planning Specialist Sephora USA Inc. San Francisco, CA Nov 12, 2014 $110,900
Financial Planning Specialist Eaton Corporation Galesburg, MI Sep 10, 2014 $108,120
Financial Planning Specialist Eaton Corporation Galesburg, MI Feb 11, 2015 $108,120
Engineer Series Planning Specialist Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, Inc. Vance, AL Dec 29, 2014 $105,560
Business Planning Specialist Chroma Ate, Inc. Irvine, CA Sep 08, 2015 $85,717
Strategic Planning Specialist (AVP) Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation New York, NY Mar 10, 2015 $85,000 -
$95,000
Specialist, Strategic Planning & Performance Management TXU Energy Retail Company LLC Irving, TX Sep 29, 2016 $85,000 -
$125,000
Market Planning Specialist Lexisnexis Risk Solutions Ga, Inc. Alpharetta, GA Oct 14, 2016 $85,000 -
$102,500
Market Planning Specialist Lexisnexis Risk Solutions Ga, Inc. Levittown, NY Aug 10, 2015 $85,000 -
$102,500
Cognos Planning Specialist Citagus Software USA Incorporated Duluth, GA Sep 16, 2013 $85,000
Transportation Plannning Specialist 5 State of Washington Department of Transportation Olympia, WA Oct 01, 2015 $84,984
Business Planning Specialist Hewlett-Packard Company Palo Alto, CA Nov 05, 2016 $83,408 -
$103,400
Transportation Planning Specialist 3 State of Washington Department of Transportation Olympia, WA Sep 16, 2015 $68,412
Specialist, Accounting and Finance Planning Cureline, Inc. South San Francisco, CA Sep 14, 2013 $68,000
Forecasting and Planning Specialist AGCO Corporation Batavia, IL Sep 01, 2015 $68,000
Forecasting and Planning Specialist AGCO Corporation Batavia, IL Sep 03, 2014 $68,000
E2E Forecast & Planning Specialist SONY Mobile Communications (USA) Inc. Atlanta, GA Sep 11, 2013 $67,730 -
$101,594
Load Forecast and Planning Specialist Nebraska Municipal Power Pool Lincoln, NE Aug 20, 2016 $66,400
Financial Planning and Analysis Specialist Abs-CBN International Redwood City, CA Sep 09, 2013 $66,000
Senior Planning Specialist Hospira, Inc. Lake Forest, IL Sep 15, 2015 $65,650

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AVERAGE SALARY FOR A Planning Specialist

Average Yearly Salary
$72,000
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$48,000
Min 10%
$72,000
Median 50%
$72,000
Median 50%
$72,000
Median 50%
$72,000
Median 50%
$72,000
Median 50%
$72,000
Median 50%
$72,000
Median 50%
$106,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
ServiceMaster
Highest Paying City
Santa Rosa, CA
Highest Paying State
Rhode Island
Avg Experience Level
3.0 years
How much does a Planning Specialist make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Planning Specialist in the United States is $72,089 per year or $35 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $48,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $106,000.

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Top Skills for A Planning Specialist

  1. Financial Plans
  2. Customer Service
  3. Procedures
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  • Assisted with the implementation and presentation of comprehensive financial plans.
  • Initiated controlled drug planning methodology to provide Division support of plant customer service objectives for scheduled drugs.
  • Document all customer inquiries completely and accurately in accordance with department policies and procedures.
  • Provided technical support for the organization's proprietary software transfer program.
  • Designed and launched customized project management workshops focusing on Lessons Learned, Planning Jam Sessions and Schedule Management.

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