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Become A Program Planner

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Working As A Program Planner

  • 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 Program Planner 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 Program Planner

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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Program Planner Career Paths

Program Planner
Project Coordinator Operations Manager Purchasing Manager
Contracts Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Planner Project Manager Program Manager
Deputy Program Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Finance Analyst Operations Manager Purchasing Manager
Director Of Supply Chain Management
11 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Supply Chain Manager
Director Of Supply Chain Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Project Planner Planner/Scheduler Project Manager
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager Senior Manager
Global Director
14 Yearsyrs
Program Administrator Assistant Director Deputy Director
Logistics Director
10 Yearsyrs
Finance Analyst Business Analyst Quality Assurance Manager
Manufacturing Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Grant Writer Purchasing Agent Materials Planner
Material Control Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Planner Planner/Buyer Senior Buyer
Materials Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Program Management Consultant Program Manager
Operations Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Coordinator Account Manager Operations Manager
Operations Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Purchasing Manager
Procurement Officer
6 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Consultant Senior Consultant
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Marketing Manager Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Program Manager General Manager
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Program Administrator Project Manager Purchasing Manager
Supply Chain Lead
9 Yearsyrs
Planner Planning Manager Supply Chain Manager
Supply Chain Logistics Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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Program Planner Demographics

Gender

Female

52.0%

Male

44.4%

Unknown

3.6%
Ethnicity

White

81.0%

Hispanic or Latino

9.2%

Asian

7.8%

Unknown

1.2%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

54.3%

French

10.9%

German

8.7%

Portuguese

6.5%

Chinese

4.3%

Cantonese

4.3%

Italian

4.3%

Hebrew

2.2%

Mandarin

2.2%

Arabic

2.2%
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Program Planner Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

12.2%

University of Central Florida

8.2%

University of South Florida

6.1%

Villanova University

5.1%

Appalachian State University

5.1%

Michigan State University

5.1%

Southern New Hampshire University

5.1%

Liberty University

5.1%

Iowa State University

5.1%

George Washington University

4.1%

Northwestern University

4.1%

University of Central Oklahoma

4.1%

Walden University

4.1%

George Mason University

4.1%

Carnegie Mellon University

4.1%

Purdue University

4.1%

Northern Illinois University

4.1%

Florida State University

4.1%

New York University

3.1%

University of California - Berkeley

3.1%
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Majors

Business

33.6%

Communication

6.0%

Marketing

5.4%

Management

5.1%

Health Education

5.1%

Finance

4.2%

Project Management

3.9%

Public Health

3.3%

Psychology

3.3%

Social Work

3.0%

Public Administration

3.0%

Sociology

3.0%

Education

2.7%

Criminal Justice

2.7%

Political Science

2.7%

Mechanical Engineering

2.7%

Public Relations

2.7%

Supply Chain Management

2.7%

Health Care Administration

2.4%

Public Health Education

2.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

44.1%

Masters

37.0%

Other

10.7%

Certificate

2.8%

Associate

2.5%

Doctorate

2.3%

Diploma

0.5%
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Real Program Planner Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Program Planner Bechtel Power Corporation Frederick, MD Apr 28, 2014 $105,360 -
$126,744
Program Planner (Engineer) Northeast Utilities Service Company Stamford, CT Jun 15, 2015 $90,739
Program Planner (Engineer) Northeast Utilities Service Company Stamford, CT Jun 16, 2012 $82,000
Senior Program Planner B/E Aerospace, Inc. Miami, FL Oct 01, 2014 $77,250
Program Planner PMO Harman Becker Automotive Systems, Inc. Novi, MI Jun 08, 2016 $65,000
Program Planner PMO Harman Becker Automotive Systems, Inc. Farmington Hills, MI Aug 30, 2015 $65,000
Program Planner III/Cancer Epidemiologist New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Servi Concord, NH Apr 11, 2011 $57,935
SBM Mac Program Planner SBM Site Services LLC Thousand Oaks, CA Oct 01, 2010 $42,554
Program Planner/Analyst University of South Florida Tampa, FL Apr 01, 2010 $42,037 -
$43,000

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Top Skills for A Program Planner

ProgramStatusMasterScheduleFinancialReportsCriticalPathAnalysisProgramPlanningProgramManagementProposalDataEntryProjectManagementBaselineIMSEvmsSafetyMicrosoftProjectCamsManagementSystemProductionSchedulesProjectSchedulesDcmaMRP

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Top Program Planner Skills

  1. Program Status
  2. Master Schedule
  3. Financial Reports
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed and communicated weekly Dashboard Reports to executive management that included analysis of program status.
  • Coordinated production schedule with manufacturing, Master Scheduler, and Program Managers.
  • Develop and maintain financial reports using Microsoft Window 97 applications.
  • Performed critical path analysis and resource planning.
  • Provided program planning support and monitoring of all financial activities for procurement, maintenance and facility organizations.

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