Logistician

What do Logisticians do?

A logistician is someone who analyzes and coordinates 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, distributed, allocated, and delivered.  Logisticians use sophisticated software systems to plan and track the movement of goods.

Average Wage

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Experienced Wage

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As a Logistician you will:

Design strategies to minimize the cost or time required to move goods
Develop business relationships with suppliers and customers
Direct the allocation of materials, supplies, and finished products
Present performance data to management
Review the success of logistical functions and identify areas for improvement
Incorporate new technologies into procedures

Training & Educational Opportunities

Many employers prefer professionals with training and certification in areas such as Supply Chain Management, Project Management, or Business Analysis. Some employers may seek candidates who have an APICS certification from the Association of Supply Chain Management (ASCM).

Training Providers

  • DePaul University
  • Harper College
  • Illinois Institute of Technology
  • MicroTrain
  • Morraine Valley Community College
  • University of St. Francis
  • Waubonsee Community College

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Types of Employers

  • Freight and material handling companies
  • Packaging and delivery employers
  • Restaurant supply chains
  • Transportation and trucking companies
  • Warehouses

Opportunities for specialization and advancement:

  • Logistics Analyst
  • Logistics Coordinator
  • Logistics and Materials Manager
  • Supply Chain Manager