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Logisticians

Logisticians
Quick Facts : Logisticians*
2010 Median Pay$70,800
Entry Level EducationBachelor's degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 2012108,900
Job Outlook26% (Faster than average)
Employment Change27,800


Logisticians analyze and coordinate the movement of company goods and organize the system that moves a product from supplier to consumer. They manage the product?s entire life cycle from how it is acquired, distributed, allocated and delivered. Logisticians operate software programs specifically tailored to manage logistical functions, such as procurement, inventory management, and other supply chain planning and management systems.

What Logisticians Do

  • Direct the allocation of materials, supplies, and finished products
  • 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
  • Stay current on advances in logistics technology and incorporate new technologies into procedures

Work Environment

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.
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Job Outlook

Employment of logisticians is expected to grow 26 percent from 2010 to 2020 driven by the important role logistics play in an increasingly global economy.
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Pay

The average salary of logisticians was $70,800 in May 2010.
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Logisticians*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Logisticians

70800

Finance Occupations

59143.0435

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Logisticians*
Percent Change in Employment

Logisticians

25.528

Finance Occupations

18.39732977618342

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Logisticians

Logisticians can qualify for positions with an associate's degree in business or engineering or by taking courses on logistics. 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 or master's degree in business, finance, industrial engineering, or supply chain management.
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