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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

  • $70,054

    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
Finance Analyst Business Development Manager Supply Chain Manager
Business Process Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Supply Chain Analyst Demand Planner
Demand Planning Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Logistics Manager Purchasing Manager
Director Of Global Sourcing
14 Yearsyrs
Logistics Manager Operations Manager Finance Manager
Director Of Operations And Finance
11 Yearsyrs
Transportation Manager Purchasing Manager
Director Of Supply Chain Management
11 Yearsyrs
Transportation Supervisor Logistics Manager
International Logistics Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Terminal Manager Logistics Manager
Logistics Director
10 Yearsyrs
Finance Analyst Management Analyst Logistics Analyst
Logistics Lead
7 Yearsyrs
Supply Chain Manager Lead Operator Logistics Manager
Logistics Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Analyst Underwriter Asset Manager
Manager, Asset Management
10 Yearsyrs
Supply Chain Manager Processing Manager
Process Improvement Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Transportation Supervisor Logistics Analyst Production Planner
Production And Inventory Control Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Logistics Analyst Supply Chain Analyst
Senior Supply Chain Analyst
7 Yearsyrs
Transportation Manager Operations Manager Supply Chain Manager
Supply Chain Director
14 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Information Technology Manager Purchasing Manager
Supply Chain Lead
9 Yearsyrs
Supply Chain Analyst Supply Chain Manager
Supply Chain Logistics Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Analyst Planner Senior Buyer
Supply Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Logistics Analyst Logistics Manager
Transportation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Operations Analyst Senior Operations Analyst
Vending Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Transportation Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

55.0%

Female

42.4%

Unknown

2.6%
Ethnicity

White

63.0%

Hispanic or Latino

13.7%

Black or African American

11.0%

Asian

8.6%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

34.5%

Carrier

14.5%

German

7.3%

French

7.3%

Chinese

5.5%

Mandarin

5.5%

Polish

3.6%

Italian

3.6%

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

10.2%

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

8.2%

Michigan State University

5.4%

Northern Illinois University

5.4%

Northeastern University

5.4%

Ohio State University

4.1%

Webster University

4.1%

College of Charleston

4.1%

University of Toledo

4.1%

Wayne State University

3.4%

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%

Clemson University

3.4%

Robert Morris University

2.7%

Illinois State University

2.7%
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Majors

Business

43.6%

Supply Chain Management

14.2%

Management

4.2%

Marketing

3.4%

Finance

3.3%

Political Science

3.1%

Accounting

3.1%

International Business

2.7%

Computer Science

2.5%

Psychology

2.2%

Industrial Engineering

2.0%

Civil Engineering

2.0%

History

2.0%

Economics

1.8%

Public Administration

1.8%

Computer Information Systems

1.8%

Communication

1.6%

Criminal Justice

1.6%

Human Resources Management

1.6%

Urban Planning

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

47.0%

Masters

25.5%

Other

15.1%

Associate

7.4%

Certificate

3.7%

Doctorate

0.6%

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. Tallahassee, FL Sep 16, 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. 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

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  1. Freight Carriers
  2. Delivery Appointments
  3. Logistics
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  • 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.
  • Participate in the design and implementation of specialized logistics development projects; seeking solutions to sourcing and distribution issues.
  • Developed traffic safety software application to perform crash data analysis.
  • Developed efficient route analysis and route strategies for cost savings and presented information to the transportation manager.

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