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Career Profile: Logisticians

Analyze and coordinate the ongoing logistical functions of a firm or organization. Responsible for the entire life cycle of a product, including acquisition, distribution, internal allocation, delivery, and final disposal of resources.

Salary and Outlook

According to the US Department of Labor, there are 191,000 people employed as logisticians in the United States. The median annual salary is $76,300. Entry level employees earn approximately $44,190 per year and senior employees earn approximately $122,580 per year.

Estimates do not include other potential benefits such as health insurance, overtime pay, or retirement benefits that may be offered by employers.

Job Duties

  • Participate in the assessment and review of design alternatives and design change proposal impacts.
  • Direct and support the compilation and analysis of technical source data necessary for product development.
  • Support the development of training materials and technical manuals.
  • Perform managerial duties such as hiring and training employees and overseeing facility needs or requirements.
  • Collaborate with other departments as necessary to meet customer requirements, to take advantage of sales opportunities or, in the case of shortages, to minimize negative impacts on a business.
  • Report project plans, progress, and results.
  • Protect and control proprietary materials.
  • Stay informed of logistics technology advances and apply appropriate technology to improve logistics processes.
  • Develop and implement technical project management tools, such as plans, schedules, and responsibility and compliance matrices.
  • Provide project management services, including the provision and analysis of technical data.
  • Manage the logistical aspects of product life cycles, including coordination or provisioning of samples, and the minimization of obsolescence.
  • Perform system lifecycle cost analysis and develop component studies.
  • Plan, organize, and execute logistics support activities, such as maintenance planning, repair analysis, and test equipment recommendations.
  • Maintain and develop positive business relationships with a customer's key personnel involved in, or directly relevant to, a logistics activity.
  • Develop an understanding of customers' needs and take actions to ensure that such needs are met.
  • Manage subcontractor activities, reviewing proposals, developing performance specifications, and serving as liaisons between subcontractors and organizations.
  • Develop proposals that include documentation for estimates.
  • Review logistics performance with customers against targets, benchmarks, and service agreements.
  • Direct availability and allocation of materials, supplies, and finished products.
  • Redesign the movement of goods to maximize value and minimize costs.
  • Explain proposed solutions to customers, management, or other interested parties through written proposals and oral presentations.
  • Direct team activities, establishing task priorities, scheduling and tracking work assignments, providing guidance, and ensuring the availability of resources.

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Job Outlook


Total Current Jobs:
191,000
Annual Openings:
24,500
Increase in Openings by 2030:
30%
Annual Salary Range:
$44,190 - $122,580
Education Requirements:
Bachelor's degree