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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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Hispanic or Latino9.8%
Black or African American0.5%
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University of Phoenix10.9%
University of Washington7.0%
Pennsylvania State University6.2%
Iowa State University6.2%
University of Wisconsin - Green Bay6.2%
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College6.2%
Michigan State University6.2%
University of Iowa5.4%
University of Tennessee - Knoxville5.4%
Portland State University5.4%
Western Illinois University3.9%
Virginia Commonwealth University3.9%
Florida State University3.9%
Texas A&M University3.9%
Northern Illinois University3.9%
University of Texas at Arlington3.1%
Eastern Michigan University3.1%
Georgia Institute of Technology -3.1%
San Francisco State University3.1%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Transportation Planner||STV Incorporated||New York, NY||Sep 30, 2016||$117,874|
|Transportation Planner||STV Incorporated||Newark, NJ||Jul 15, 2014||$109,484|
|Transportation Planner||STV, Inc.||New York, NY||Oct 01, 2013||$104,270|
|Lead Transportation Planner||Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Dec 21, 2015||$103,854|
|Planner, Transportation||Aecom Technical Services, Inc.||Oakland, CA||Sep 14, 2013||$100,000 -
|Transportation Planner||HDR Engineering, Inc.||Bellevue, WA||Aug 19, 2016||$95,930|
|SR. Transportation Planner||H.W. Lochner, Inc.||Tampa, FL||Oct 01, 2014||$93,350|
|SR. Transportation Planner||Iteris, Inc.||Santa Ana, CA||Jan 10, 2016||$90,501|
|Senior Transportation Planner||The Mobility Group||Irvine, CA||Sep 15, 2016||$90,304|
|Transportation Planner||Kittelson & Associates, Inc.||Sacramento, CA||Aug 06, 2015||$90,291|
|Transportation Planner II||Iteris, Inc.||Santa Ana, CA||Nov 24, 2016||$85,554|
|Transportation Planner||HDR Engineering, Inc.||Bellevue, WA||Aug 19, 2013||$85,280|
|Transportation Plannning Specialist 5||State of Washington Department of Transportation||Olympia, WA||Oct 01, 2015||$84,984|
|Transportation Planner||Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Mar 09, 2016||$84,032|
|Transportation Planner||Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Sep 19, 2014||$72,051|
|Transportation Planner III||Aecom Technical Services, Inc.||Phoenix, AZ||Sep 28, 2015||$71,490 -
|Transportation Planner III||Aecom Technical Services, Inc.||Phoenix, AZ||Oct 08, 2015||$71,490 -
|Transportation Planner||HDR Engineering, Inc.||Orlando, FL||Sep 15, 2013||$70,970|
|Senior Transportation Planner||California Department of Transportation||Sacramento, CA||Apr 25, 2016||$69,960 -
|Transportation Planner II||City of Charlotte||Charlotte, NC||Oct 02, 2014||$69,482|
|Transportation Planner/Statistician||The Louis Berger Group||New York, NY||Aug 10, 2015||$69,140|
|Transportation Planner||Aecom Technical Services, Inc.||Oakland, CA||Aug 26, 2013||$68,922 -
|Transportation Planner||Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc.||New York, NY||Oct 01, 2015||$62,000|
|Graduate Transportation Planner||OVE ARUP & Partners PC||New York, NY||Aug 26, 2016||$61,956|
|Transportation Planner||Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc.||Albuquerque, NM||Sep 15, 2013||$59,987|
|Transportation Planner I||Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation AUT||Los Angeles, CA||Sep 03, 2013||$59,812 -
|Transportation Planner||Aecom Technical Services, Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 05, 2015||$58,635 -
|Transportation Planner||AKRF Inc.||New York, NY||Aug 31, 2016||$58,302|
|Transportation Planner||LSA Associates, Inc.||Riverside, CA||Sep 15, 2016||$58,261|
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