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.


  • 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.


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

Listed below are the 10 largest metro areas based on the total number of people employed in Logisticians jobs , as of 2016

Metro Area Total Employment Annual Mean Salary
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim 6,320 $84,460
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn 5,370 $83,070
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land 4,520 $90,200
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington 4,190 $77,650
Huntsville 2,580 $93,160
San Diego-Carlsbad 2,480 $85,140
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell 2,350 $70,650
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward 2,310 $85,940
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson 2,220 $86,890
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach 1,970 $68,120

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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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Source : 2016 Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, BLS.gov

Most Popular Industries for

These industries represent at least 1% of the total number of people employed in this occupation.

Industry Total Employment 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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