Logistics Industry: Career Trajectories

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Logistics Industry Jobs-Part 1

Five job titles in the logistics industry include logistics engineer, logistics analyst, logistics coordinator, logistics sales representative, and logistics assistant. The educational requirement for these positions ranges from a high school degree for logistics sales representatives and assistants to bachelor's degrees for higher-level positions. Certifications are required for logistics engineer and recommended for logistics analysts and coordinators. Salaries range from an average of $40,000 annually for logistics assistant to $74,000 annually for logistics engineers.

Logistics Engineer

  • A logistics engineer applies the principles of science and mathematics to improve efficiency across the entire supply chain, which can range from inventory management, order processing, optimizing package design and improving the layout of a warehouse.
  • A logistics engineer is required to have a bachelor's degree, ideally in engineering, logistics or transportation, and many employers prefer advanced professional degrees in the same disciplines. Employers are generally looking for candidates with a minimum of three years of professional experience.
  • Certification in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution (CLTD) is typically a key requirement for this role. Administered by APICS, the leader in certification for supply chain management, this certification requires 3 years of related work experience, a bachelor's degree, and passing one exam covering 8 topics across logistics, transportation and distribution. The certification must be renewed every 5 years.
  • Logistics engineers United States national average pay is $74,600.

Logistics Analyst

  • A logistics analyst analyzes the supply chain process and recommends improvements to optimize the efficiency of supply chain operations. A logistics analyst will use statistical analysis to make a supply chain process more cost-effective and monitor industry trends and practices ensuring current learning on process optimization is incorporated into their strategic recommendations.
  • A logistics analyst typically has a bachelor's degree in engineering, operations, mathematics or business, though an advanced degree may be required for more senior logistics analyst roles. Prospective logistical analysts can usually qualify for an entry level logistics analyst role through internships, while more senior logistics analyst roles can require upwards of 7-10 years experience.
  • While not a requirement for the role, certifications such as APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) and APICS Certified in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution (CLTD) can showcase expertise in streamlining operations and knowledge of a broad range of supply chain topics. International Society of Logistics (SOLE) certification, with an ultimate goal of Certified Master Logistician (CML), can be earned as a logistics analyst progresses to higher levels of their profession.
  • Logistics analyst United States national average pay ranges from $60,000 to $61,500.

Logistics Coordinator

  • A logistics coordinator is focused on the day to day responsibilities of improving efficiency in the transportation process. Specific responsibilities include resolution and documentation of all transportation issues, client and vendor communication, documenting details of all shipments and calls, helping vendors with pricing and product selection and complying with safety regulations.
  • Logistics coordinators will ideally have a bachelor's degree in logistics, supply chain or a related field. Some employers ask for advanced degrees in business administration for the logistics coordinator role. This role often asks for some experience, ideally 3 years, and a proven track record of achievement in managing distribution and logistics.
  • While typically not required for the logistics coordinator role, certifications such as APICS Certification in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM), can demonstrate proficiency in the logistics field.
  • Logistics coordinator United States national average pay ranges from an hourly rate of $16.61/hour to an annual average salary of $49,656.

Logistics Sales Representative

  • A logistics sales representative is responsible for developing and maintaining client relationships, selling solutions to clients around logistics issues, working with other members of the logistics team to ensure solutions meet client needs, and meeting sales goals and objectives.
  • Requirements for a logistics sales representative role include a high school degree and two years experience in customer service. No certifications are required for the Logistics Sales Representative role.
  • Logistics sales representative United States national average pay is $42,100, though sales representatives are often eligible for commissions based on sales productivity.

Logistics Assistant

  • Logistics assistants, also referred to as warehouse clerks, work in teams to help oversee the shipping processes at warehouses and shipping centers.
  • The educational requirement for this position is typically a high school diploma. Certifications are typically not required for the logistics assistant role.
  • Desired experience and skills for this role include some prior experience working in a warehouse environment as a logistics assistant, an understanding of shipping metrics, strong communication skills, and the ability to work in a team. Being physically fit is important as well given the potential need to move large packages.
  • Logistics assistant United States national average pay ranges from an hourly rate of $15.22/hour to an annual average salary of $40,120.

Research Strategy

This research leveraged multiple recruitment websites with up-to-date job postings, job descriptions and salary data, as well as articles discussing logistics career paths, to develop consistent and typical job profiles, educational and certification requirements, and average United States pay for each position. Both general recruitment websites, such as Glassdoor and Indeed, and logistics-focused recruitment websites, such as Alchemy Recruitment, were analyzed during this research.

Where possible, we corroborated salary details with information from the National Bureau of Labor Statistics. While this resource was useful in affirming the pay at the higher-end, most closely aligning with that of a logistics engineer, it was not broken out as finely as many of the logistics job opportunities sought by businesses and found through job descriptions and recruitment websites.

Our research indicated that certifications were desired at the higher end of the logistics career path, required for logistics engineers and desired for logistics analysts to demonstrate expertise in supply chain management. Certifications were typically not as crucial for the other positions outlined here. APICS certifications appear to be the most relevant for the higher-end roles.

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Logistics Industry Jobs-Part 2

The jobs in the logistics industry require at least a high school education. However, most of the job titles we identified require a bachelor's degree. Certifications are not required to get employment as employers set educational requirements. Some employers prefer certifications as they remain recognized longer than degrees. Information regarding the education and salaries of logistics operations directors, logistics purchase managers, logistics specialist coordinators, and logistic account executives is provided below.

1. Logistics Operations Director

Education

Experience

Certifications

  • There are no certifications necessary to be a logistics director.

Compensation

  • Glassdoor states the average annual revenue is 110,251. Zippia gives the average salary of a logistics director to be $102,000.

2. Logistics Purchase Manager

Education

  • The minimum level of education required is a bachelor's degree. However, some managers have a master's degree or post-baccalaureate certificate.
  • The common majors for purchase managers are business, management, accounting, supply chain management, and marketing.
  • 44.1% of purchase managers have bachelor's degrees, 23.1% have master degrees, 18.8% have other degrees, and 8.2% have an associate's degree.

Experience

  • Purchase managers typically have five years or more years of experience due to the fact they are generally mid-career employees.
  • Prior experience includes buyer, senior buyer, purchasing agent, and material managers, planners, procurement agents, among others.

Certifications

  • Certification is not required to be a logistics purchase manager.
  • Certifications from APICS, SOLE, or the Next Level Purchasing Association can benefit individuals seeking positions related to supply chain and purchase management. The Senior Professional in Supply Chain Management certification is one of the more common certifications used to make candidates stand out from others.

Compensation

  • The average salary for purchase managers is $95,000.

3. Logistics Specialist Coordinator

Education

  • Specialist coordinators typically have a minimum of a bachelor's degree. However, an associate degree is the lowest required degree. Some employers prefer the specialist coordinator to hold a graduate degree in "applied mathematics, operations research, logistics, computer science, engineering, or management science and business administration.

Experience

Certifications

Compensation

  • Indeed states the average annual salary of logistics specialists is $45,646, and logistics specialist coordinators receive $47,524 per year.

4. Logistics Account Executive

Education

Experience

Certifications

Compensation

  • Glassdoor states the annual revenue for logistic account executives is $35,187.


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  • "Analyst is the most common entry-level logistics position. Analysts are responsible for gathering and analyzing data to look for problems. Good math and computer skills are generally required for these positions; thriving in a team setting is also important, as analysts are expected to recommend solutions to their supervisors. "
  • "The tasks of an engineer are related to those of an analyst: engineers evaluate the supply chain and logistics systems for trends or problems using computer systems and mathematics. While analysts make recommendations, however, engineers are responsible for implementing solutions. "
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  • "A Logistics Coordinator is especially responsible for monitoring deliveries, ensuring customer satisfaction and maintaining accurate logs of all transportation and goods."
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  • "The national average salary for a Logistics Sales Representative is $42,085 in United States. "
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  • "Logistics Assistants work in shipping centers and warehouses where they help oversee the sending and receiving of packages. Logistics Assistants are often called Warehouse Clerks."
  • "Logistics Assistant Requirements Include high school diploma or equivalent, prior experience as a Logistics Assistant at a large warehouse, sound knowledge of shipping processes and metrics, ability to handle and maneuver fragile stock with ease, strong communication, memorization, and teamwork skills, outstanding organizational and investigative abilities, capacity to perform your duties diligently, particularly during stressful periods, physically fit and mobile."
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  • "The national average salary for a Logistics Assistant is $40,120 in United States. Data across 8 salaries."
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  • "Salary estimated from 306 employees, users, and past and present job advertisements on Indeed in the past 36 months. $15.22 per hour."
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  • "A logistics coordinator usually needs a specialized undergraduate degree in logistics, operations engineering, operations analysis, or a related field. It is common for organizations to look for those who have a graduate degree in business management, analysis, or related field. Furthermore, a logistics coordinator is usually expected to have at least three years work experience at middle management level."
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  • "The national average salary for a Logistics Coordinator is $49,656 in United States. 5,150 salaries."
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  • "The average salary for a Logistic Coordinator is $16.61 per hour in the United States. Salary estimates are based on 2,030 salaries submitted anonymously to Indeed by Logistic Coordinator employees, users, and collected from past and present job advertisements on Indeed in the past 36 months. "
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  • "The Certified in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution (CLTD) program helps you demonstrate in-depth knowledge of a broad range of supply chain logistics topics to set you apart from your peers — proving your high level of knowledge and skills."
  • "Eligible candidates must pass one exam, which reflects eight critical areas in logistics, transportation and distribution and are required to maintain the CLTD designation every five years."
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  • "The national average salary for a Logistics Engineer is $74,696 in United States. "
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  • "The typical duties of logistics analysts include creating or revising standard operating procedures for logistics processes. They monitor industry trends, standards and practices to identify developments in logistics planning or execution. Using their statistical analyses, they devise strategies to create cost-effective and profitable companies. Logistics analysts track product flow from origin to final delivery and recommend improvements to existing operations. "
  • "Those seeking this position often can qualify by having a four year-degree in engineering, mathematics, supply chain or business management. Employers prefer proficiency in the industry, which professionals can acquire through internships. I"
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  • "The national average salary for a Logistics Analyst is $59,788 in United States. 2,007 salaries."
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  • "The national average salary for a Logistics Sales Representative is $42,085 in United States. Across 14 Salaries"
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  • "Salary estimated from 409 employees, users, and past and present job advertisements on Indeed in the past 36 months. Average US National salary $61, 516."
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  • "Although certifications are not required to become a logistics coordinator, certification can demonstrate competence in the field. The most common certifications are obtained through the Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM) or the International Society of Logistics (SOLE)."