What they do: Logisticians analyze and coordinate an organization’s supply chain—the system that moves a product from supplier to consumer. They manage the entire life cycle of a product, which includes how a product is acquired, distributed, allocated, and delivered.
Where they work: All industries, but especially manufacturing and the federal government. Everybody needs logisticians!
Primary strength: Organizer. If you’re good at multitasking, keeping track of details, and working a pretty intense, fast-paced job without getting stressed, then logistical work might be a career for you.
How many are there? There are currently over 134,000 logisticians employed in the US.
2011-2016 growth: 9,600 new jobs (8% growth)
Wages: $74K (median salary)
Skills: Management, critical thinking, problem-solving, and communication are among the skills you’ll need to be a logistician.
Degree: Bachelor’s (recommended)
College Programs to Consider: Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management; Operations Management and Supervision
Companies looking to hire: Boeing, National Guard, Cost Plus, Micron
Top 5 cities for growth/wages: Detroit, San Francisco, Seattle, Houston, Dallas