Transportation, Distribution & Logistics > Logistics Planning and Management Services

Projected Growth: Average

Projected Job Openings

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Job Description

Your job is to 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.

Common job titles of Logisticians include:

Experience and Education

A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for this occupation. For example, a person in this occupation must complete four years of college and work for several years in industry to be considered qualified.

  • 75% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.

  • 8.33% said they needed a Some College Courses.


    Develop an understanding of customers' needs and take actions to ensure that such needs are met.

    Maintain and develop positive business relationships with a customer's key personnel involved in, or directly relevant to, a logistics activity.

    Protect and control proprietary materials.

    Direct team activities, establishing task priorities, scheduling and tracking work assignments, providing guidance, and ensuring the availability of resources.

    Manage the logistical aspects of product life cycles, including coordination or provisioning of samples, and the minimization of obsolescence.

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

    Explain proposed solutions to customers, management, or other interested parties through written proposals and oral presentations.

    Report project plans, progress, and results.

    Develop and implement technical project management tools, such as plans, schedules, and responsibility and compliance matrices.

    Review logistics performance with customers against targets, benchmarks, and service agreements.

    Collaborate with other departments as necessary to meet customer requirements, to take advantage of sales opportunities or, in the case of shortages, to minimize negative impacts on a business.

    Direct availability and allocation of materials, supplies, and finished products.

    Perform managerial duties such as hiring and training employees and overseeing facility needs or requirements.

    Perform system lifecycle cost analysis and develop component studies.

    Redesign the movement of goods to maximize value and minimize costs.

    Stay informed of logistics technology advances and apply appropriate technology to improve logistics processes.

    Support the development of training materials and technical manuals.

    Participate in the assessment and review of design alternatives and design change proposal impacts.

    Provide project management services, including the provision and analysis of technical data.

    Plan, organize, and execute logistics support activities, such as maintenance planning, repair analysis, and test equipment recommendations.

    Develop proposals that include documentation for estimates.

    Direct and support the compilation and analysis of technical source data necessary for product development.


Workstation platforms

Universal serial bus USB flash drives

Teradyne J750 testers

Teradyne Catalyst

Personal computers

Personal computer platforms

Liquid crystal display LCD video projectors

All Tools

Laptop computers

Desktop computers


IBM Cognos Impromptu

Intuit QuickBooks

Oracle E-Business Suite

Oracle Primavera Enterprise Project Portfolio Management

SmugMug Flickr

Customer relationship management CRM software

IBM Power Systems software

All Technologies

Order management software

Purchasing software

Radio frequency identification RFID software

RedPrairie E2e

Warehouse management system WMS


Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.


Talking to others to convey information effectively.


Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Systems Analysis

Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.


Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.


Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.


Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.

Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.

Systems Evaluation

Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.

Management of Personnel Resources

Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.


Teaching others how to do something.

Operations Analysis

Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.


Using mathematics to solve problems.

Learning Strategies

Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.


Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension

Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity

Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning

Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Inductive Reasoning

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