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Become A Senior Logistic Specialist

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Working As A Senior Logistic 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

  • $70,470

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Logistic 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 Senior Logistic 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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Senior Logistic Specialist Demographics

Gender

Male

61.4%

Female

34.5%

Unknown

4.1%
Ethnicity

White

58.8%

Hispanic or Latino

14.2%

Black or African American

12.9%

Asian

9.5%

Unknown

4.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

50.0%

German

13.6%

Portuguese

9.1%

Korean

9.1%

Chinese

4.5%

Japanese

4.5%

French

4.5%

Italian

4.5%
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Senior Logistic Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

22.1%

Defense Acquisition University

7.4%

Central Texas College

5.9%

Colorado Technical University

5.9%

University of Maryland - University College

4.4%

Community College of the Air Force

4.4%

Columbia Southern University

4.4%

Liberty University

4.4%

DePaul University

4.4%

Michigan State University

4.4%

Saint Leo University

4.4%

American InterContinental University

4.4%

Texas Southern University

2.9%

University of South Florida

2.9%

Dowling College

2.9%

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

2.9%

Florida Institute of Technology-Melbourne

2.9%

Boston University

2.9%

Franklin University

2.9%

National University

2.9%
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Majors

Business

36.6%

Supply Chain Management

14.1%

Management

7.5%

Computer Science

4.2%

General Studies

4.2%

Criminal Justice

3.8%

Marketing

3.3%

International Business

2.8%

Project Management

2.8%

Human Resources Management

2.8%

Communication

2.8%

Accounting

2.3%

Electrical Engineering

2.3%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.9%

Management Science

1.4%

Public Relations

1.4%

Operations Management

1.4%

Mechanical Engineering

1.4%

Automotive Technology

1.4%

History

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

42.6%

Other

20.6%

Masters

19.6%

Associate

9.3%

Certificate

6.2%

Diploma

1.4%

License

0.3%
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Top Skills for A Senior Logistic Specialist

  1. Logistics
  2. Personnel
  3. Procedures
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  • Performed on-site logistics internal management control reviews for compliance and quality; assured operational effectiveness for proper management of logistics assets.
  • Provide data collection and verification as equipment processes through reconstitution/reset with assistance of unit property and supply personnel.
  • Served as troubleshooter for Commanding Officers, identifying major deficiencies in contracts, Property Book and logistical operations and procedures.
  • Maintained property accountability records ensuring timely identification and establishment of property were arranged disposal of surplus equipment.
  • Directed worldwide supply planning, managed relationships with third-party suppliers and identified and implemented supply chain and product cost-savings initiatives.

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  4. District of Columbia
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