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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

  • $82,000

    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
Project Manager General Manager Account Manager
Regional Accounts Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Owner Vice President
Finance Vice President
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Purchasing Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Manager Operations Manager
Senior Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Manager Store Manager Operations Manager
Senior Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Manager Finance Manager
Manager Finance Planning And Analysis
8 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Supervisor Warehouse Manager
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Production Manager Operations Manager
Operations Project Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Production Manager Purchasing Manager
Category Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Supervisor Warehouse Manager
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Supervisor Logistics Manager Supply Chain Manager
Supply Chain Director
14 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Warehouse Manager Logistics Manager
Logistics Director
9 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Office Manager Business Manager
Business Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Store Manager Production Manager
Continuous Improvement Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Consultant Senior Accountant Senior Finance Analyst
Planning Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Consultant Office Manager Purchasing Manager
Global Supply Chain Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Consultant Senior Finance Analyst Planning Manager
Demand Planning Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Site Manager Quality Manager
Processing Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Warehouse Supervisor Logistics Supervisor
Customer Logistics Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Business Systems Senior Analyst
Business Leader
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Yearly Salary
$82,000
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$51,000
Min 10%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$133,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
BP America
Highest Paying City
Washington, DC
Highest Paying State
District of Columbia
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 $82,769 per year or $40 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $51,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $133,000.

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
Market Planning Specialist Lexisnexis Risk Solutions Ga, Inc. Levittown, NY Aug 10, 2015 $85,000 -
$102,500
Market Planning Specialist Lexisnexis Risk Solutions Ga, Inc. Alpharetta, GA Oct 14, 2016 $85,000 -
$102,500
Cognos Planning Specialist Citagus Software USA Incorporated Duluth, GA Sep 16, 2013 $85,000
Specialist, Strategic Planning & Performance Management TXU Energy Retail Company LLC Irving, TX Sep 29, 2016 $85,000 -
$125,000
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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Top Skills for A Planning Specialist

  1. Financial Plans
  2. Customer Service
  3. Technical Assistance
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assisted with the implementation and presentation of comprehensive financial plans.
  • Provide world class customer service by educating and assisting all participants, plan administrators and retirement account representatives.
  • Provided on-site support to customers in addressing complex inquiries, developing innovative approaches and providing technical assistance for equipment and facilities.
  • Provided information and enrolled Medicare recipients into prescription drug plans.
  • Managed Air Force Logistics Contingency Programs via Secure Computer Systems and Databases.

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  2. District of Columbia
  3. Michigan
  4. Rhode Island
  5. Virginia
  6. Texas
  7. Pennsylvania
  8. Delaware
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Planning Specialist Demographics

Gender

Female

45.9%

Male

43.3%

Unknown

10.8%
Ethnicity

White

62.4%

Hispanic or Latino

14.8%

Black or African American

11.2%

Asian

7.9%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

48.4%

Italian

6.5%

Mandarin

5.8%

Chinese

5.8%

German

5.2%

Japanese

5.2%

French

4.5%

Portuguese

3.2%

Russian

2.6%

Vietnamese

1.9%

Thai

1.9%

Arabic

1.9%

Cantonese

1.3%

Carrier

1.3%

Polish

1.3%

Hmong

0.6%

Hindi

0.6%

Korean

0.6%

Turkish

0.6%

Navajo

0.6%
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Planning Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

21.1%

Strayer University

6.2%

Michigan State University

5.9%

Central Michigan University

5.6%

Purdue University

5.1%

American University

5.1%

University of Maryland - University College

4.5%

Pennsylvania State University

4.5%

Virginia Commonwealth University

3.9%

Eastern Michigan University

3.9%

DePaul University

3.9%

Ohio State University

3.7%

University of Central Florida

3.7%

University of Louisville

3.7%

Wayne State University

3.4%

Capella University

3.4%

Western Michigan University

3.4%

New York University

3.1%

University of Washington

3.1%

Ashford University

3.1%
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Majors

Business

36.0%

Finance

8.0%

Accounting

6.5%

Management

5.9%

Marketing

5.3%

Psychology

4.3%

Communication

3.8%

Human Resources Management

3.3%

Political Science

3.0%

Criminal Justice

3.0%

Economics

2.8%

Health Care Administration

2.5%

Education

2.3%

Social Work

2.2%

Computer Science

2.1%

English

1.9%

Project Management

1.9%

Supply Chain Management

1.8%

Sociology

1.7%

Law

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.2%

Masters

27.1%

Other

15.6%

Associate

7.1%

Certificate

3.8%

Doctorate

1.8%

Diploma

1.0%

License

0.4%
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