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Also called: Logistician, Logistics Team Lead, Supervisory Supply Management Specialist, Supportability Engineer

Where in the Coast Guard? In the Coast Guard: Aircraft Loadmaster; CWO - Explosive Ordnance Disposal; CWO - Supply Corps; In-Flight Refueling; LDO - Explosive Ordnance Disposal; Logistics Plans; SC - Civil Engineer Corps; Special Vehicle Maintenance; URL - Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Warfare Officer; Vehicle Management and Analysis

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.
  • Manage subcontractor activities, reviewing proposals, developing performance specifications, and serving as liaisons between subcontractors and organizations.


  • movement of people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
  • management
  • customer service
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics


Basic Skills
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it


  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • notice when problems happen
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem


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


You might use software like this on the job:

Enterprise resource planning ERP software Hot Technology
  • Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Hot Technology
  • SAP software Hot Technology
Data base user interface and query software
  • Microsoft Access Hot Technology
  • Structured query language SQL Hot Technology
Project management software
  • Microsoft Project Hot Technology
  • Oracle Primavera Enterprise Project Portfolio Management software Hot Technology


Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree
usually needed

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