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Summary

Logisticians work to understand customers’ needs and how to meet them.

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.

Logisticians work in nearly every industry. The job can be stressful because logistical work is fast paced. Most logisticians work full time during regular business hours.

Although an associate’s degree may be sufficient for some logistician jobs, a bachelor’s degree is typically required for most positions. Industry certification and work experience in a related field can be helpful for jobseekers.

The median annual wage for logisticians was $72, 780 in May 2012.

Employment of logisticians is projected to grow 22 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Employment growth will be driven by the important role logistics plays in the transportation of goods in a global economy. Job prospects should be best for those with a bachelor’s degree and work experience related to logistics.

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Learn more about logisticians by visiting additional resources, including O*NET, a source on key characteristics of workers and occupations.

Logisticians direct the acquisition, distribution, and delivery functions of an organization.

Duties

Logisticians typically do the following:

  • Direct the allocation of materials, supplies, and finished products
  • Develop business relationships with suppliers and customers
  • Work to understand customers’ needs and how to meet them
  • Design strategies to minimize the cost or time required to move goods
  • Review the success of 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 sophisticated software systems to plan and track the movement of goods. They operate software programs tailored specifically to manage logistical functions, such as procurement, inventory management, and other supply chain planning and management systems.

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