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Working As A Reverse Logistics Analyst

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

  • $78,245

    Average Salary

What Does A Reverse Logistics Analyst 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 Reverse Logistics Analyst

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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Reverse Logistics Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

55.8%

Female

43.4%

Unknown

0.8%
Ethnicity

White

77.2%

Asian

11.3%

Hispanic or Latino

9.3%

Unknown

1.5%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

100.0%

Reverse Logistics Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.8%

The Community College of Baltimore County

6.9%

Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana

6.9%

ITT Technical Institute-Nashville

6.9%

Chicago State University

6.9%

Southern New Hampshire University

6.9%

Greenfield Community College

6.9%

Metropolitan Community College

3.4%

Syracuse University

3.4%

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

3.4%

New York City College of Technology of the City University of New York

3.4%

State University of New York Oneonta

3.4%

Everest Institute

3.4%

Mary Washington Hospital

3.4%

Northeastern State University

3.4%

Merced College

3.4%

Richland Community College

3.4%

Northcentral Technical College

3.4%

National American University-Zona Rosa

3.4%

University of Kansas

3.4%
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Majors

Business

22.7%

Accounting

10.6%

Communication

7.6%

Computer Networking

6.1%

Supply Chain Management

6.1%

Liberal Arts

6.1%

Biology

4.5%

Marketing

4.5%

Electrical Engineering

4.5%

Sociology

3.0%

Psychology

3.0%

Business Communications

3.0%

English

3.0%

Information Technology

3.0%

Criminal Justice

3.0%

Civil Engineering

3.0%

School Counseling

1.5%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

1.5%

Mental Health Counseling

1.5%

Management Science

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

39.5%

Other

27.2%

Associate

19.8%

Masters

12.3%

Certificate

1.2%
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Top Skills for A Reverse Logistics Analyst

VendorProductsReverseLogisticsProceduresCustomerServiceSalesFloorCustomerReturnsDefectiveMerchandisePalletJacksCellPhonesOutgoingShipmentDataEntryPackageFreightClaimsPepsicoPDAInventoryTransactionsDistributionCentersTransportationDepartmentsLogisticsInformationStoreInventory

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Top Reverse Logistics Analyst Skills

  1. Vendor Products
  2. Reverse Logistics
  3. Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provided technical support, direction and daily administration for service, wireless device repairs and reverse logistics.
  • Managed daily issues concerning nationwide merchant return policies and procedures.
  • Moved heavy merchandise from stock room to sales floor.
  • Processed customer returns at Amazon.com warehouse
  • Remove defective merchandise from store inventory and either return or properly dispose of (in accordance to EPA laws).

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