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Logisticians typically do the following:
  • Develop business relationships with suppliers and customers
  • Work to understand customers’ needs and how to meet them
  • 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
  • Present performance data to management
  • Propose improvements to management and customers
  • Stay current on advances in logistics technology and incorporate new technologies into procedures

Minimum Education Required for this Career

Basic Certificate
Advanced Certificate
Associate's Degree
4+ year Degree
Associate's Degree

City Colleges Program Options

Supply Chain Management (SCM)

Supply Chain Management (Fundamentals of)

Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

Nature of the Work

Logisticians oversee activities including purchasing, shipping and transportation, inventory, warehousing, and delivery. They may direct the movement of a range of goods, people, or supplies, from common consumer goods to military supplies.

Logisticians use sophisticated software systems to plan and track the movement of goods. They operate software programs specifically tailored to manage logistical functions, such as procurement, inventory management, and other supply chain planning and management systems.   

Training, Other Qualifications, and Advancement

Although an associate’s degree is sufficient for many logistician jobs, candidates increasingly need a bachelor’s degree to advance beyond entry-level positions. 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.

Future Trends

Employment of logisticians is expected to grow 26 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Employment growth will be driven by the important role logistics play in an increasingly global economy.​ Job prospects should be good for those with a bachelor’s degree in supply chain management, industrial engineering, business, or a related field. Prospects should be best for those with a college degree and work experience related to logistics, particularly previous experience using logistical software or doing logistical work for the military.

Career Pathways

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