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What you need to know


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, allocated, and delivered.

What is this career like?

Logisticians work in almost every industry. Some logisticians work in the logistical department of a company, and others work for firms that specialize in logistical work, such as freight-shipping companies. The job can be stressful because logistical work is fast-paced. Some logisticians travel to manufacturing plants or distribution centers.

Some of the things logisticians might do:

  • Manage a product’s life cycle from design to disposal
  • Direct the allocation of materials, supplies, and products
  • Develop business relationships with suppliers and clients
  • Understand clients’ needs and how to meet them
  • Review logistical functions and identify areas for improvement
  • Propose strategies to minimize the cost or time required to transport goods

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What skills are needed?
  • Communication skills. Logisticians need strong communication skills to collaborate with colleagues and do business with suppliers and customers.
  • Critical-thinking skills. Logisticians must develop, adjust, and carry out logistical plans. They often must find ways to reduce costs and improve efficiency.
  • Customer service skills. Logisticians must know the needs of their customers in order to coordinate the movement of materials between suppliers and customers. They gain this knowledge through listening to the customer and applying their knowledge of the products and systems to provide what is required.
  • Organizational skills. Logisticians must be able to keep detailed records and simultaneously manage several projects in a fast-paced environment.
  • Problem-solving skills. Logisticians must handle unforeseen issues, such as delivery problems, and adjust plans as needed to resolve the issues.

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What is the pay?

The average pay for logisticians in the United States was $77,520 in May 2022 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

A logistician’s pay depends on factors such as level of experience, education and training, geographic location, and specific industry.

What is the career outlook?

About 21,800 new job openings for logisticians are projected each year, on average, over the next 10 years in the United States.

Overall employment of logisticians is projected to grow 18 percent from 2022 to 2032 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is much faster than the average growth rate for all occupations.

Employment of logisticians is expected to grow as companies and government agencies increasingly rely on these workers to move products more efficiently, solve problems, and identify areas for improvement.

As e-commerce continues to expand, these workers will be needed to help with the complex logistics involved, such as just-in-time delivery to consumers.

What education is required?

A bachelor’s degree is typically required for most positions, although an associate’s degree may be sufficient for some logistician jobs. In some cases, related work experience may substitute for education. Industry certification is helpful for jobseekers.

Bachelor’s degree programs often include coursework in operations and database management, and system dynamics. In addition, most programs offer courses that train students on software and technologies commonly used by logisticians, such as radio-frequency identification (RFID).

Discover some of the courses you will take pursuing a degree in Supply Chain Management.

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