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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 2580 $93,940
Hoover 180 $63,620
Birmingham 180 $63,620
Tuscaloosa 100 $71,440
Mobile 70 $64,600
Montgomery 60 $68,040
Decatur 60 $91,810
Anniston 50 $69,120
Oxford 50 $69,120
Jacksonville 50 $69,120
     
Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anchorage 220 $82,130
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Phoenix 1750 $64,920
Scottsdale 1750 $64,920
Mesa 1750 $64,920
Tucson 200 $65,000
Sierra Vista 160 $80,590
Douglas 160 $80,590
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 150 $66,430
North Little Rock 150 $66,430
Little Rock 150 $66,430
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Long Beach 6320 $82,590
Los Angeles 6320 $82,590
Anaheim 6320 $82,590
Carlsbad 2480 $85,150
San Diego 2480 $85,150
San Francisco 2310 $79,270
Oakland 2310 $79,270
Hayward 2310 $79,270
Sunnyvale 1770 $105,360
San Jose 1770 $105,360
Santa Clara 1770 $105,360
San Bernardino 920 $69,240
Ontario 920 $69,240
Riverside 920 $69,240
Oxnard 660 $87,210
Ventura 660 $87,210
Thousand Oaks 660 $87,210
Arcade 360 $80,090
Arden 360 $80,090
Roseville 360 $80,090
Sacramento 360 $80,090
Bakersfield 360 $91,140
Fresno 130 $71,950
Santa Rosa 120 $75,210
Porterville 110 $71,540
Visalia 110 $71,540
Lodi 100 $69,450
Stockton 100 $69,450
Santa Maria 90 $80,000
Santa Barbara 90 $80,000
Salinas 80 $75,010
Vallejo 80 $77,930
Fairfield 80 $77,930
Merced 60 $78,400
Modesto 60 $90,380
Corcoran 40 $62,460
Hanford 40 $62,460
Watsonville 40 $90,500
Santa Cruz 40 $90,500
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lakewood 1660 $76,430
Denver 1660 $76,430
Aurora 1660 $76,430
Colorado Springs 550 $82,950
Boulder 290 $63,790
Fort Collins 210 $73,710
Greeley 140 $48,530
Grand Junction 30 $66,520
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Hartford 160 $77,630
East Hartford 160 $77,630
Hartford 160 $77,630
Danbury 140 $55,460
New Haven 100 $67,380
Stamford -2222 $76,990
Norwalk -2222 $76,990
Bridgeport -2222 $76,990
     
Metro Area (Delaware) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dover 60 $70,490
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Palm Beach 1970 $56,100
Miami 1970 $56,100
Fort Lauderdale 1970 $56,100
Sanford 930 $71,940
Kissimmee 930 $71,940
Orlando 930 $71,940
Tampa 840 $69,620
St. Petersburg 840 $69,620
Clearwater 840 $69,620
Jacksonville 780 $67,150
Crestview 320 $82,020
Destin 320 $82,020
Fort Walton Beach 320 $82,020
Melbourne 300 $71,070
Palm Bay 300 $71,070
Titusville 300 $71,070
Fort Myers 180 $50,980
Cape Coral 180 $50,980
Panama City 170 $77,360
Brent 120 $70,650
Pensacola 120 $70,650
Ferry Pass 120 $70,650
Bradenton 100 $57,870
Sarasota 100 $57,870
North Port 100 $57,870
Winter Haven 70 $62,630
Lakeland 70 $62,630
Tallahassee 60 $59,590
Port St. Lucie 60 $61,980
Gainesville 40 $50,600
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sandy Springs 2350 $65,830
Atlanta 2350 $65,830
Roswell 2350 $65,830
Warner Robins 1360 $73,380
Savannah 340 $72,920
Albany 280 $78,120
Macon 60 $48,060
Gainesville 60 $49,830
Athens 50 $47,220
Clarke County 50 $47,220
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 410 $82,220
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City 300 $71,110
Idaho Falls 30 $62,110
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Peoria 880 $75,380
Danville 120 $63,460
Rockford 90 $63,190
Decatur 80 $69,680
Bloomington 60 $68,790
Springfield 50 $65,180
Kankakee 40 $66,160
Champaign 40 $69,510
Urbana 40 $69,510
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Indianapolis 680 $65,840
Anderson 680 $65,840
Carmel 680 $65,840
Fort Wayne 120 $65,280
Columbus 50 $39,350
Elkhart 30 $64,690
Goshen 30 $64,690
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Des Moines 370 $56,680
Des Moines 370 $56,680
Cedar Rapids 250 $53,910
Cedar Falls 120 $-1,111
Waterloo 120 $-1,111
Iowa City 90 $55,780
Ames 40 $64,970
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wichita 550 $66,920
Topeka 190 $63,800
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fayette 250 $64,200
Lexington 250 $64,200
Fort Knox 80 $67,150
Elizabethtown 80 $67,150
Owensboro 30 $57,800
Bowling Green -2222 $63,300
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Metairie 290 $68,740
New Orleans 290 $68,740
Baton Rouge 230 $68,920
Shreveport 70 $77,930
Bossier City 70 $77,930
Lake Charles 40 $82,110
Lafayette 40 $85,630
Houma -2222 $49,610
Thibodaux -2222 $49,610
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Portland 120 $64,510
Portland 120 $64,510
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Baltimore 2220 $82,810
Towson 2220 $82,810
Columbia 2220 $82,810
Lexington Park 1140 $106,440
California 1140 $106,440
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Detroit 5370 $84,970
Dearborn 5370 $84,970
Warren 5370 $84,970
Grand Rapids 550 $54,340
Wyoming 550 $54,340
Flint 210 $72,460
East Lansing 160 $64,280
Lansing 160 $64,280
Ann Arbor 100 $72,150
Jackson 90 $79,710
Portage 70 $67,570
Kalamazoo 70 $67,570
Saginaw 50 $55,800
Muskegon 40 $74,760
Midland -2222 $48,900
     
Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rochester 100 $49,770
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jackson 170 $58,820
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Springfield 150 $63,830
Joplin 80 $51,990
Columbia 60 $59,650
     
Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lincoln 60 $67,150
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 200 $68,760
Henderson 200 $68,760
Las Vegas 200 $68,760
Reno 110 $64,620
     
Metro Area (New Hampshire) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Manchester 50 $61,210
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Trenton 360 $80,530
Bridgeton 50 $72,330
Vineland 50 $72,330
Atlantic City -2222 $75,910
Hammonton -2222 $75,910
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 370 $67,130
Las Cruces 100 $64,370
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rochester 370 $65,840
Niagara Falls 220 $67,910
Buffalo 220 $67,910
Cheektowaga 220 $67,910
Albany 150 $67,240
Schenectady 150 $67,240
Troy 150 $67,240
Syracuse 100 $73,640
Fort Drum 50 $82,850
Watertown 50 $82,850
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fayetteville 450 $85,460
New Bern 360 $78,110
Chapel Hill 340 $70,710
Durham 340 $70,710
Greensboro 230 $62,630
High Point 230 $62,630
Salem 180 $62,580
Winston 180 $62,580
Morganton 120 $61,860
Hickory 120 $61,860
Lenoir 120 $61,860
Jacksonville 80 $71,100
Asheville 60 $62,960
Raleigh -2222 $75,870
     
Metro Area (North Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bismarck 40 $79,580
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbus 1210 $68,950
Cleveland 1070 $68,030
Elyria 1070 $68,030
Dayton 990 $84,400
Akron 250 $66,070
Toledo 220 $69,030
Massillon 70 $60,920
Canton 70 $60,920
Mansfield 50 $63,210
Lima 50 $68,750
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 1630 $75,090
Tulsa 350 $65,500
Lawton 50 $71,110
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salem 70 $70,870
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 880 $70,990
Harrisburg 790 $75,830
Carlisle 790 $75,830
York 390 $80,070
Hanover 390 $80,070
Lancaster 170 $67,600
Barre 150 $58,110
Scranton 150 $58,110
Hazleton 150 $58,110
Wilkes 150 $58,110
Chambersburg 130 $75,440
Waynesboro 130 $75,440
East Stroudsburg 130 $75,860
Erie 110 $57,130
Reading 100 $70,950
Lebanon 50 $69,200
Bloomsburg -2222 $72,410
Berwick -2222 $72,410
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Caguas 600 $43,170
Carolina 600 $43,170
San Juan 600 $43,170
Isabela 30 $-1,111
Aguadilla 30 $-1,111
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Charleston 1050 $66,790
North Charleston 1050 $66,790
Anderson 600 $60,510
Mauldin 600 $60,510
Greenville 600 $60,510
Columbia 230 $63,380
Spartanburg 160 $46,300
Florence 50 $71,190
Sumter 30 $71,220
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Franklin 1030 $57,950
Murfreesboro 1030 $57,950
Davidson 1030 $57,950
Nashville 1030 $57,950
Knoxville 210 $62,590
Johnson City 30 $54,090
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sugar Land 4520 $82,690
The Woodlands 4520 $82,690
Houston 4520 $82,690
Arlington 4190 $74,380
Dallas 4190 $74,380
Fort Worth 4190 $74,380
Austin 1210 $82,660
Round Rock 1210 $82,660
San Antonio 1030 $73,990
New Braunfels 1030 $73,990
Temple 260 $76,320
Killeen 260 $76,320
El Paso 240 $66,780
Corpus Christi 210 $89,820
Port Arthur 130 $87,260
Beaumont 130 $87,260
Midland 120 $75,920
Mission 50 $44,160
Edinburg 50 $44,160
McAllen 50 $44,160
Bryan 40 $59,190
College Station 40 $59,190
Longview 40 $66,330
Harlingen 40 $78,200
Brownsville 40 $78,200
Laredo 40 $84,880
Odessa 30 $78,180
Wichita Falls -2222 $66,620
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Ogden 1320 $73,380
Clearfield 1320 $73,380
Salt Lake City 810 $65,960
Orem 120 $62,240
Provo 120 $62,240
     
Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Burlington 110 $65,190
Burlington 110 $65,190
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 1070 $73,280
Roanoke 70 $60,050
Lynchburg 70 $80,290
Radford 40 $61,750
Blacksburg 40 $61,750
Christiansburg 40 $61,750
Charlottesville 30 $72,670
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bremerton 270 $76,020
Silverdale 270 $76,020
Spokane Valley 90 $67,650
Spokane 90 $67,650
Bellingham 90 $82,330
Richland 70 $77,760
Kennewick 70 $77,760
Olympia 40 $72,680
Tumwater 40 $72,680
     
Metro Area (West Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Morgantown 60 $39,630
Charleston 60 $68,870
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Allis 970 $59,680
Waukesha 970 $59,680
Milwaukee 970 $59,680
Madison 370 $59,020
Green Bay 280 $55,720
Oshkosh 170 $57,020
Neenah 170 $57,020
Appleton 100 $52,210
Janesville 90 $48,370
Beloit 90 $48,370
Sheboygan 80 $57,850
Racine 60 $50,850
Eau Claire 60 $58,990
Fond du Lac 40 $46,610
Wausau 40 $54,550

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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