Magazine article Techniques

Logistician

Magazine article Techniques

Logistician

Article excerpt

LOGISTICIANS ANALYZE AND COORDINATE THE SUPPLY CHAIN THAT moves products from suppliers to consumers. They manage the procurement, allocation of materials and supplies, inventory, and distribution and delivery of finished products. Their duties may include finding strategies to ensure goods are moved with the least amount of time and expense, as well as reviewing the processes to identify areas for improvement. Those who work for the federal government will often be involved in directing the delivery of military supplies.

The Workplace

Statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) show that logisticians are employed mainly by manufacturing firms and the federal government. They work in scientific and technical services, manufacturing of transportation equipment, aerospace products and parts, and at freight-shipping companies.

Education

The DOL notes that although logisticians may qualify for positions with an associate degree, the increasingly complex nature of the industry means that more companies will prefer to hire workers who have at least a bachelor's degree in supply chain management, business or engineering, with courses such as operations, database management and system dynamics.

Earnings

According to the U. …

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