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Working As A Transportation Analyst

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

  • $73,244

    Average Salary

What Does A Transportation 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 Transportation 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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Transportation Analyst Career Paths

Transportation Analyst
Senior Analyst Senior Manager Global Director
Director Global Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Supply Chain Manager Senior Manager Operations Director
Director Of Business Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Logistics Manager General Manager Human Resources Manager
Director Of Human Resources
10 Yearsyrs
Finance Analyst Account Manager Purchasing Manager
Director, Procurement
13 Yearsyrs
Finance Analyst Controller Operations Manager
Distribution Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Supply Chain Manager Program Manager General Manager
General Manager/Director
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Purchasing Manager Supply Chain Manager
Logistics Director
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Construction Manager Logistics Manager
Logistics Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Business Analyst Senior Finance Analyst
Manager Finance Planning And Analysis
8 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Quality Assurance Manager Plant Manager
Manufacturing Director
14 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Product Manager Senior Buyer
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Transportation Manager Operations Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Transportation Manager General Manager Account Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Logistics Manager Operations Manager Operations Director
President Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Logistics Analyst Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Supply Chain Analyst Business Analyst Product Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Logistics Analyst Logistics Manager Operations Manager
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Supply Chain Analyst Supply Chain Manager
Supply Chain Director
14 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Purchasing Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
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Transportation Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

54.8%

Female

42.7%

Unknown

2.5%
Ethnicity

White

79.6%

Hispanic or Latino

9.6%

Asian

8.5%

Unknown

1.8%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

35.1%

Carrier

12.3%

Chinese

7.0%

German

7.0%

French

7.0%

Mandarin

7.0%

Polish

3.5%

Italian

3.5%

Swedish

1.8%

Portuguese

1.8%

Dutch

1.8%

Danish

1.8%

Cantonese

1.8%

Japanese

1.8%

Russian

1.8%

Czech

1.8%

Norwegian

1.8%

Hmong

1.8%
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Transportation Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

16.3%

Pennsylvania State University

10.9%

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

7.5%

Michigan State University

5.4%

Northern Illinois University

5.4%

Northeastern University

5.4%

University of Toledo

4.1%

Ohio State University

4.1%

Webster University

4.1%

College of Charleston

4.1%

Auburn University

3.4%

Troy University

3.4%

University of Texas at Dallas

3.4%

Texas A&M University

3.4%

University of Houston

3.4%

Central Michigan University

3.4%

Strayer University

3.4%

Clemson University

3.4%

University of Akron

2.7%

Wayne State University

2.7%
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Majors

Business

43.4%

Supply Chain Management

14.9%

Management

4.0%

Marketing

3.6%

Political Science

3.1%

Finance

3.1%

Accounting

3.1%

International Business

2.7%

Computer Science

2.4%

Civil Engineering

2.0%

History

2.0%

Economics

1.8%

Public Administration

1.8%

Industrial Engineering

1.8%

Criminal Justice

1.8%

Psychology

1.8%

Computer Information Systems

1.8%

Communication

1.6%

Human Resources Management

1.6%

Urban Planning

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

47.1%

Masters

25.5%

Other

14.9%

Associate

7.3%

Certificate

3.7%

Doctorate

0.8%

Diploma

0.4%

License

0.3%
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Real Transportation Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Transportation Analyst Cambridge Systematics, Inc. Tallahassee, FL Apr 10, 2016 $130,000
Transportation Analyst Stantec Consulting Services Inc. Plymouth Meeting, PA Oct 01, 2015 $122,491
Transportation Analyst Stantec Consulting Services Inc. Plymouth Meeting, PA Apr 04, 2014 $117,500
Associate-Transportation Analyst BOOZ Allen Hamilton Inc. Washington, DC Aug 14, 2014 $113,300
Associate-Transportation Analyst BOOZ Allen Hamilton Inc. Boston, MA Sep 05, 2013 $110,000
Transportation Analyst Adecco USA, Inc. Mountain View, CA Sep 06, 2014 $104,350
Transportation Analyst Stantec Consulting Services Inc. Plymouth Meeting, PA Sep 30, 2016 $100,630 -
$126,776
Associate-Transportation Analyst BOOZ Allen Hamilton Inc. Boston, MA Sep 09, 2016 $100,056
Transportation Innovation Analyst Wal-Mart Associates, Inc. San Bruno, CA Oct 13, 2016 $98,000
Senior Transportation Analyst Caterpillar Inc. Morton, IL Aug 26, 2013 $88,008
Associate-Transportation Analyst BOOZ Allen Hamilton Inc. Washington, DC Aug 22, 2016 $87,015
Transportation Analyst Kittelson & Associates, Inc. Portland, OR Dec 07, 2016 $69,830
Transportation Analyst Kittelson & Associates, Inc. Phoenix, AZ Aug 14, 2014 $67,440
Transportation Analyst Kittelson & Associates, Inc. Oakland, CA Sep 10, 2014 $67,440
Transportation Analyst Kittelson & Associates, Inc. Oakland, CA Aug 14, 2014 $67,440
Transportation Analyst Kittelson & Associates, Inc. Baltimore, MD Aug 14, 2014 $67,440
Transportation Analyst Kittelson & Associates, Inc. Tallahassee, FL Sep 16, 2014 $67,440
Transportation Analyst Kittelson & Associates, Inc. Baltimore, MD Jan 17, 2014 $64,816
Transportation Analyst Kittelson & Associates, Inc. Anchorage, AK Jan 17, 2014 $64,816
Transportation Analyst Kittelson & Associates, Inc. Phoenix, AZ Jan 17, 2014 $64,816
Transportation Analyst Kittelson & Associates, Inc. Reston, VA Jan 17, 2014 $64,816
Transportation Analyst Reckitt Benckiser LLC Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ Mar 27, 2015 $64,464
Transportation Analyst Kittelson & Associates, Inc. Tucson, AZ Jan 09, 2016 $64,284
Transportation Analyst Kittelson & Associates, Inc. Fort Lauderdale, FL Aug 25, 2014 $63,661
Transportation Analyst Kittelson & Associates, Inc. Reston, VA Aug 25, 2014 $63,661

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Top Skills for A Transportation Analyst

FreightCarriersDeliveryAppointmentsLogisticsDataEntryEnsureComplianceProceduresLTLSupplyChainCostSavingsAuditDistributionCentersTransportationManagementSystemTruckloadKeyPerformanceIndicatorsFreightCostsFreightBillsTransportationCostsFreightPaymentCustomerServiceProcessImprovement

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Top Transportation Analyst Skills

  1. Freight Carriers
  2. Delivery Appointments
  3. Logistics
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Researched invoices from freight carriers to verify correct charges to the company in order to release invoices for payment.
  • Ensured delivery appointments were coordinated with carriers, distribution centers/fulfillment centers and replenishment.
  • Manage Third Party Logistics operation in Ontario Canada.
  • Perform data entry and A/P.
  • Coordinate, consolidate, and expedite shipments to minimize costs and ensure compliance with contract and customer specifications.

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