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Logisticians

Logisticians evaluate and coordinate the logistical functions for a company or an organization. Logisticians have the responsibility for the complete life cycle of a product including acquisition, distribution, internal allocation, delivery of the product and the final disposal of resources.

A Logistician needs to understand their customer's needs and make sure those needs are met. Part of the job includes explaining proposed solutions to management, customers and other individuals that are involved, via oral presentations and written proposals.

They sometimes redesign the movement of goods to minimize costs and maximize value. A logistician needs to stay current with the new logistics technology advances and utilize appropriate technology to enhance the logistics procedures.

Some of the similar job titles are logistics coordinator, logistics analyst, logistics technician, logistics planner, logistics engineer and logistics specialist.

Responsibilities

  • Oversee the compilation and evaluation of technical data which is utilized for product development
  • Prepare proposals that include documentation for estimates
  • Oversee availability and allocation of supplies, materials and finished products
  • Work with customer's representatives that are involved with logistics activity
  • Control and protect proprietary materials
  • Perform system life-cycle cost analysis and create component studies
  • Examine logistics performance with customers to compare to benchmarks, targets and service agreements
  • Direct team activities
  • Plan, coordinate and direct support activities including repair analysis, maintenance planning and test equipment recommendations

Job Characteristics

Logisticians should be detailed oriented, have good analytical thinking ability and good communication skills. They need to have good decision making and problem solving skills. Working well with customers is a vital aspect of the job. They often use computers for their work. A logistician spends a lot of time communicating with people outside of their company.

Employment Outlook

The projected growth rate for the occupation from 2006 to 2016 is 17%. The median wage in 2008 for logisticians was $66,480.

The highest paying industries for the occupation are petroleum and petroleum merchant wholesalers, communications equipment manufacturing, data processing, hosting and related services; petroleum and coal products manufacturing; and securities and commodity contracts intermediation and brokerage.

Education, Certification, and Licensing

Employers often look for candidates with a degree in industrial engineering. Some logisticians have graduate degrees.

Resources

Major Employers

The major employment industries are the federal government, management of companies and enterprises, aerospace product and parts manufacturing; management, scientific and technical consulting services; and computer systems design and related services.

Schools for Logisticians are listed in the Browse Schools Section.

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Logisticians

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Logisticians jobs , as of 2015

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Huntsville 2640 $90,480
Birmingham 240 $66,270
Hoover 240 $66,270
Tuscaloosa 130 $57,950
Montgomery 80 $66,190
Anniston 50 $68,310
Jacksonville 50 $68,310
Oxford 50 $68,310
Decatur 50 $92,330
Mobile N/A $61,310
     
Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anchorage 200 $84,330
Fairbanks 40 $81,030
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Phoenix 2000 $67,260
Scottsdale 2000 $67,260
Mesa 2000 $67,260
Tucson 330 $70,210
Douglas 140 $77,220
Sierra Vista 140 $77,220
Prescott 40 $68,270
Yuma 30 $70,640
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 150 $66,360
North Little Rock 150 $66,360
Little Rock 150 $66,360
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Long Beach 5330 $83,830
Los Angeles 5330 $83,830
Anaheim 5330 $83,830
San Francisco 2310 $78,050
Hayward 2310 $78,050
Oakland 2310 $78,050
San Diego 2220 $83,290
Carlsbad 2220 $83,290
San Jose 1830 $104,810
Sunnyvale 1830 $104,810
Santa Clara 1830 $104,810
Ontario 900 $71,030
San Bernardino 900 $71,030
Riverside 900 $71,030
Ventura 540 $86,010
Thousand Oaks 540 $86,010
Oxnard 540 $86,010
Arcade 370 $78,190
Arden 370 $78,190
Roseville 370 $78,190
Sacramento 370 $78,190
Bakersfield 330 $91,170
Fresno 170 $71,170
Porterville 110 $60,470
Visalia 110 $60,470
Santa Rosa 100 $78,540
Santa Maria 100 $85,730
Santa Barbara 100 $85,730
Lodi 90 $71,070
Stockton 90 $71,070
Fairfield 80 $75,130
Vallejo 80 $75,130
Salinas 70 $74,510
Modesto 60 $75,660
Santa Cruz 40 $91,820
Watsonville 40 $91,820
Merced 30 $100,240
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Aurora 1690 $74,100
Lakewood 1690 $74,100
Denver 1690 $74,100
Colorado Springs 570 $78,680
Boulder 310 $62,090
Fort Collins 200 $69,470
Greeley 80 $73,650
Pueblo 30 $69,110
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
East Hartford 140 $81,230
West Hartford 140 $81,230
Hartford 140 $81,230
New Haven 100 $66,360
Danbury N/A $53,830
Norwalk N/A $75,290
Stamford N/A $75,290
Bridgeport N/A $75,290
     
Metro Area (Delaware) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dover 60 $72,640
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Miami 1650 $58,750
West Palm Beach 1650 $58,750
Fort Lauderdale 1650 $58,750
Kissimmee 970 $73,560
Orlando 970 $73,560
Sanford 970 $73,560
Tampa 750 $69,120
St. Petersburg 750 $69,120
Clearwater 750 $69,120
Jacksonville 740 $70,200
Destin 310 $81,750
Fort Walton Beach 310 $81,750
Crestview 310 $81,750
Titusville 270 $68,770
Melbourne 270 $68,770
Palm Bay 270 $68,770
Fort Myers 170 $46,470
Cape Coral 170 $46,470
Panama City 140 $73,230
Pensacola 100 $69,140
Brent 100 $69,140
Ferry Pass 100 $69,140
Lakeland 90 $59,120
Winter Haven 90 $59,120
Bradenton 70 $60,130
North Port 70 $60,130
Sarasota 70 $60,130
Gainesville 50 $49,750
Tallahassee 50 $60,660
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Roswell 1870 $61,860
Atlanta 1870 $61,860
Sandy Springs 1870 $61,860
Warner Robins 1250 $72,550
Albany 280 $78,350
Savannah 110 $70,280
Gainesville 50 $48,060
Macon 50 $69,710
Athens 40 $37,090
Clarke County 40 $37,090
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 360 $83,360
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City 260 $66,790
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Peoria 550 $70,070
Rockford 90 $61,230
Springfield 50 $56,470
Bloomington 40 $62,470
Danville N/A $64,750
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anderson 700 $67,100
Carmel 700 $67,100
Indianapolis 700 $67,100
Fort Wayne 120 $54,160
Columbus 60 $53,690
West Lafayette 60 $58,450
Lafayette 60 $58,450
Goshen 40 $62,300
Elkhart 40 $62,300
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Des Moines 420 $52,040
Des Moines 420 $52,040
Cedar Rapids 190 $61,940
Cedar Falls 130 $63,810
Waterloo 130 $63,810
Iowa City 70 $62,940
Ames 40 $69,990
Dubuque 30 $57,390
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wichita 460 $66,670
Topeka 200 $61,930
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fayette 240 $60,700
Lexington 240 $60,700
Fort Knox 80 $66,370
Elizabethtown 80 $66,370
Bowling Green N/A $63,100
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
New Orleans 260 $70,460
Metairie 260 $70,460
Baton Rouge 200 $68,440
Bossier City 60 $76,430
Shreveport 60 $76,430
Thibodaux 40 $66,010
Houma 40 $66,010
Lafayette 40 $81,670
Alexandria 30 $64,420
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Portland 170 $62,760
Portland 170 $62,760
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Baltimore 2180 $84,020
Towson 2180 $84,020
Columbia 2180 $84,020
Lexington Park 1080 $105,960
California 1080 $105,960
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dearborn 4900 $83,940
Warren 4900 $83,940
Detroit 4900 $83,940
Wyoming 360 $63,310
Grand Rapids 360 $63,310
Battle Creek 360 $85,220
Lansing 180 $61,930
East Lansing 180 $61,930
Flint 80 N/A
Portage 80 $70,830
Kalamazoo 80 $70,830
Ann Arbor 70 $78,640
Saginaw 40 $59,680
Jackson N/A $72,420
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pascagoula 310 $75,510
Biloxi 310 $75,510
Gulfport 310 $75,510
Jackson 100 $59,740
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Joplin 110 $65,090
Springfield 100 $64,540
Columbia N/A $59,320
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Reno 150 $65,390
Paradise 140 $61,320
Las Vegas 140 $61,320
Henderson 140 $61,320
     
Metro Area (New Hampshire) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Manchester 40 $71,140
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Trenton 230 $76,530
Hammonton 50 $77,380
Atlantic City 50 $77,380
Bridgeton 40 $70,100
Vineland 40 $70,100
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 300 $65,430
Las Cruces 80 $62,570
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rochester 350 $66,390
Niagara Falls 220 $61,020
Buffalo 220 $61,020
Cheektowaga 220 $61,020
Albany 130 $60,860
Schenectady 130 $60,860
Troy 130 $60,860
Syracuse 130 $71,940
Fort Drum 50 $81,900
Watertown 50 $81,900
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fayetteville 490 $81,990
New Bern 300 $77,220
Durham 270 $74,300
Chapel Hill 270 $74,300
High Point 230 $63,290
Greensboro 230 $63,290
Raleigh 230 $71,960
Salem 180 $64,820
Winston 180 $64,820
Morganton 110 $57,250
Hickory 110 $57,250
Lenoir 110 $57,250
Jacksonville 80 $70,280
Asheville 40 $63,800
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbus 1340 $66,900
Dayton 1110 $83,380
Cleveland 970 $67,000
Elyria 970 $67,000
Akron 370 $66,600
Toledo 190 $67,840
Canton 60 $61,980
Massillon 60 $61,980
Lima 50 $64,600
Mansfield 40 $60,520
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 1690 $73,070
Tulsa 210 $66,300
Lawton 50 $70,270
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salem 60 $70,170
Medford 30 $53,230
Albany N/A $46,710
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 920 $66,510
Harrisburg 780 $74,880
Carlisle 780 $74,880
Hanover 380 $76,480
York 380 $76,480
East Stroudsburg 170 $74,440
Wilkes 140 $57,670
Hazleton 140 $57,670
Scranton 140 $57,670
Barre 140 $57,670
Lancaster 130 $69,620
Chambersburg 120 $66,840
Waynesboro 120 $66,840
Erie 110 $55,340
Reading 70 $65,980
Lebanon 60 $66,360
Bloomsburg 30 $66,580
Berwick 30 $66,580
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Caguas 520 $46,400
Carolina 520 $46,400
San Juan 520 $46,400
Isabela 40 $64,810
Aguadilla 40 $64,810
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Charleston 1000 $64,960
North Charleston 1000 $64,960
Mauldin 470 $61,290
Anderson 470 $61,290
Greenville 470 $61,290
Columbia 250 $62,470
Spartanburg 70 $61,590
Florence 40 N/A
Bluffton 40 N/A
Beaufort 40 N/A
Hilton Head Island 40 N/A
Sumter 40 $64,440
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Franklin 720 $61,810
Murfreesboro 720 $61,810
Davidson 720 $61,810
Nashville 720 $61,810
Knoxville 220 $51,390
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Houston 4320 $82,790
The Woodlands 4320 $82,790
Sugar Land 4320 $82,790
Dallas 4190 $72,310
Fort Worth 4190 $72,310
Arlington 4190 $72,310
San Antonio 1030 $73,330
New Braunfels 1030 $73,330
Round Rock 1020 $80,590
Austin 1020 $80,590
Corpus Christi 260 $84,080
Killeen 250 $72,380
Temple 250 $72,380
El Paso 240 $66,370
Waco 130 $71,920
Port Arthur 120 $86,610
Beaumont 120 $86,610
Midland 110 $104,840
Lubbock 70 $48,360
Laredo 60 $49,360
Edinburg 50 $45,890
McAllen 50 $45,890
Mission 50 $45,890
Wichita Falls 50 $66,500
Bryan 40 $72,710
College Station 40 $72,710
Odessa 40 $79,210
Amarillo 30 $61,660
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Clearfield 1140 $74,880
Ogden 1140 $74,880
Salt Lake City 730 $65,730
Orem 80 $59,150
Provo 80 $59,150
     
Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Burlington 120 $62,280
Burlington 120 $62,280
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 920 $73,990
Roanoke 100 $76,220
Lynchburg 70 $85,130
Charlottesville 40 $63,340
Christiansburg 40 $69,450
Radford 40 $69,450
Blacksburg 40 $69,450
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bremerton 270 $74,900
Silverdale 270 $74,900
Spokane 90 $66,320
Spokane Valley 90 $66,320
Richland 80 $80,530
Kennewick 80 $80,530
Bellingham 80 $85,580
Tumwater 40 $61,720
Olympia 40 $61,720
     
Metro Area (West Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Morgantown 60 N/A
Charleston 50 $73,780
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Waukesha 890 $67,610
West Allis 890 $67,610
Milwaukee 890 $67,610
Madison 250 $56,430
Green Bay 140 $56,510
Oshkosh 120 $50,380
Neenah 120 $50,380
Appleton 90 $62,110
Racine 70 $50,720
Wausau 60 $62,910
Janesville 50 $50,170
Beloit 50 $50,170
Sheboygan 50 $52,750
Eau Claire 30 $53,590
Fond du Lac N/A $60,730
     
Metro Area (Wyoming) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Cheyenne 40 $68,320

Career Stories (Job Profiles) for Logisticians

To find out more about building a career as Logisticians, we spoke with professionals in the field across a variety of specialties. Learn about their experiences on the job, the steps they took to complete their education, and what it takes to excel in this industry. Click the link to see a story.

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Most Popular Industries for :
Logisticians

Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
Government 23,750 24% $73,340
Professional And Technical Services 15,360 15% $66,360
Automotive And Vehicle Manufacturing 8,940 9% $67,310
Business Management 7,950 8% $67,770
Electronics And Computer 6,360 6% $70,600
Storage 3,090 3% $32,240
Office Services And Staffing 2,910 2% $61,660
Durable Goods Wholesale 2,620 2% $63,490
Chemicals 2,190 2% $64,960
Non-durable Goods Wholesale 2,150 2% $57,510
Transportation Support Services 1,880 1% $61,140
Telecommunications 1,760 1% $71,310
Clothing Stores 1,600 1% $39,440
Utilities 1,520 1% $73,600
Trucking 1,280 1% $44,400
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