Career Opportunities

Career Coach button Every company uses logistics even though full-time logistics managers may not be employed. Learn more by reading Ten Reasons You Should Consider a Career in Logistics.

What Do Professionals in this Field Do?

Activities include:

  • Inbound and outbound transportation management
  • Fleet management
  • Warehousing
  • Material handling
  • Order fulfillment
  • Logistics network design
  • Inventory management
  • Supply/demand planning
  • Management of third party logistics providers

Logistics can also include:

  • Sourcing and procurement
  • Production planning and scheduling
  • Packaging and assembly
  • Customer service

Logistics management involves integrating logistics activities with other functions, including:

  • Marketing
  • Sales
  • Manufacturing
  • Finance
  • Information technology

What Are Possible Career Fields?

  • Distribution
  • Transportation
  • Fleet operations
  • Shipping and receiving
  • Warehousing
  • Material handling
  • Logistician
  • International logistics


What Skills Do Employers Want?

  • Ability to manage:
    • Warehouse inventory systems
    • Transportation systems
    • E-supply chains
    • Operations
    • Integrated supply chains
  • Forklift certification
  • Proficiency in information systems for business, such as:
    • PowerPoint
    • Word
    • Excel
    • Systems, Applications and Products in Data Processing (SAP)
  • Ability to manage the performance of employees
  • Understanding of management and organization behavior
  • Public speaking and communication skills
  • Critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Proficiency in basic writing (for reports)

What Are the Salary Ranges?

  • Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors: $33,354–$79,905
  • Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers: $17,059–$26,858
  • Logisticians: $44,290–$79,975
  • Production, Planning and Expediting Clerks: $25,333–$47,916
  • Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks: $20,119–$33,190
  • Transportation and Material Moving Occupations: $18,195–$40,444

Career information courtesy of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals.

Where Can I Find Logistics Job Postings?



Updated June 25, 2015


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