Brief description of the position:
Logisticians analyze and coordinate an organization’s supply chain, which is the system that moves a product from supplier to consumer. They see the product through its entire life cycleâ€”how it’s acquired, distributed, allocated, and delivered. Some of the duties include directing the allocation of materials, supplies and finished products; designing strategies to minimize cost or time; and reviewing successes and identifying areas of improvement. Logisticians also present performance data and improvements to management. They oversee purchasing, shipping and transportation, inventory, warehousing and delivery, as well as direct movement of goods, people or supplies of consumer goods and military supplies. To track all of this, logisticians use sophisticated software systems specifically tailored to manage logistical functions such as procurement, inventory management and other tasks.
Logisticians earned a median annual wage of $70,800 in May 2010.
Secondary and Postsecondary Education
Students can become logisticians with an associate’s degree in business or engineering; they can also take courses on logistics. As logistics becomes more complex, however, more companies prefer to hire workers with at least a bachelor’s degree or master’s degree in business, finance, industrial engineering, or supply chain management. The American Society of Transportation and Logistics;(ASTL) and the International Society of Logistics(SOLE) certify logisticians. This typically requires a combination of education, experience, and passing an exam. Certification can demonstrate professional competence and a broad knowledge of logistics.