Logistics – Organizing, Distributing, and Coordinating

Logistics as a business concept evolved in the 1950s with the increasing complexity of supplying businesses with materials and shipping out products in an increasingly globalized supply chain. Those that work in logistics are always in demand. The work of a logistician begins with bringing in the supplies and raw materials necessary for a business or organization to operate. Inbound logistics are then used in conjunction with outbound logistics to distribute products or services where they are in demand. Every company needs someone to manage the when, where, and why of the business, and keep things running smoothly. From retail to FEMA, logisticians are needed, and almost 28,000 jobs are predicted to open between now and 2022.


Best Cities for Logistics:

While logistics jobs can be found anywhere, the best cities to look are those with bigger business and locations that are conducive for transportation. Chicago, Illinois, is home to railroad networks, O’Hare airport, ports, and has a great inter-modal network. Los Angeles, California has the busiest port in the United States due to the Asia-Pacific market.

Houston, Texas, deals in three way trade within the United States along with Canada and Mexico. Freeways and railways are in abundance and it is known as a leading logistics center. Memphis, Tennessee is another area that relies on riverfront and railroads to have a booming trade business.

Working in Logistics:

Most companies expect a logistician to have at least a bachelor’s degree in business, management, process or industrial engineering. A master’s degree is beneficial for those rising in the industry. Military backgrounds are also looked on favorably. A logistician is expected to be well organized, have good communication skills, and work independently.

Logistic Directors:

 provide logistical direction and guidance while using software systems to track movement of goods and product. They are in charge of procurement, inventory managing, and must have experience in planning, along with management systems. A bachelor’s degree is a minimum requirement, and a Master’s is preferred. Annual median salary is $115,000.

Logistic Clerk:

performs routine clerical work and supports the logistics group. They retrieve data and correspondence and relies on guidelines for the specific job. A high school diploma is commonly required. Median annual salary is $40,000.

Logistics Analyst:

this positions vary from grades I to IV. They develop plans for distribution and inventory and require an associate degree in a related field. Analyst I needs 0-2 years of experience, Analyst II needs 2-4 years of experience, Analyst III typically need 4-6 years of experience, and Analyst IV needs 6-8 years of experience. Median average salary for each level are: (I) $48,000; (II) $58,000; (III) $74,000; and (IV) $89,000.

Logistics Manager:

may include transportation of raw or finished materials. They have experience in distribution and negotiation, and inventory control. This typically requires a bachelor’s degree and 5-7 years of experience. Must show initiative and effectively lead others. Median annual salary is $97,000.

Capacity Planner:

is responsible for gathering performance data and assesses departments within the company. They produce reports evaluating the company’s capacity, and implements improvements within the business. A bachelor’s degree and 3-5 years of experience is required. Median annual salary is $52,000.


Assign drivers and vehicles for transportation of goods. They communicate with customers, and perform a variety of tasks. A high school diploma is required. Median annual salary is $38,000.


Logistician careers are currently on the rise. New technological advances such as mobile apps, clean diesel technology and re-shoring make for an innovative future in logistics. And employers are hiring. Logistics is here to stay.

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