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?
- Inbound and outbound transportation management
- Fleet management
- 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:
- Information technology
What Are Possible Career Fields?
- Fleet operations
- Shipping and receiving
- Material handling
- International logistics
What Skills Do Employers Want?
- Ability to manage:
- Warehouse inventory systems
- Transportation systems
- E-supply chains
- Integrated supply chains
- Forklift certification
- Proficiency in information systems for business, such as:
- 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?
- American Society of Transportation and Logistics
- Association for Operations Management
- Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals
- Manufacturing Skill Standards Council
- Warehousing Education and Research Council
Updated June 25, 2015