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Logisticians

Also called: Integrated Logistics Support Manager (ILS Manager), Logistician, Logistics Team Lead, Production Planner

Where in the military? In the military: see titles from the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, or Navy.

What they do:
Analyze and coordinate the logistical functions of a firm or organization. Responsible for the entire life cycle of a product, including acquisition, distribution, internal allocation, delivery, and final disposal of resources.
On the job, you would:
  • Maintain and develop positive business relationships with a customer's key personnel involved in or directly relevant to a logistics activity.
  • Develop an understanding of customers' needs and take actions to ensure that such needs are met.
  • Direct availability and allocation of materials, supplies, and finished products.

Knowledge

Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Business
  • customer service
  • management
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics
Transportation
  • movement of people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road

Skills

Basic Skills
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one

Abilities

Ideas and Logic
  • use rules to solve problems
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Dependability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Cooperation
  • Persistence

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Enterprise resource planning ERP software
  • Oracle E-Business Suite
  • SAP ERP
Procurement software
  • Order management software
  • Purchasing software
Inventory management software
  • Radio frequency identification RFID software
  • Warehouse management software

Education

Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
doctoral/professional degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$72,780
per year, on average
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