Logistics Analyst

Career Area: Business Management and Operations

Occupation Group: Logistics and Supply Chain Analysts/Specialists

Salary

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An example would be the 25th percentile, 25 percent of workers employed in that occupation earn less and 75 percent earn more than the estimated wage value. At the 75th percentile, 75 percent of workers employed in that occupation earn less and 25 percent earn more than the estimated wage value.

A typical Logistics Analyst earns the following wages (national and state):

State

The average salary in North Carolina for those pursuing this career is $59,587

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

National

The average salary in the United States for those pursuing this career is $63,511

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Analyzes steps of a company's logistics process to identify trends, develop optimization strategies, and streamline processes. Uses statistical models to simulate logistics issues, manufacturing capabilities, or optimal outputs.

Employment Trends

The job demand and job growth statistics shown here were derived from job posts over the past year. Expected job growth projections are extrapolated from year-over-year job post listing history.

Job demand and job growth is expected at the following rates:

LocationGrowth
North Carolina223+9.5%
Nationwide4684+6.9%

Skills

A professional in this position typically utilizes the following skills in the course of everyday work in this exciting and challenging field:

Baseline Skills

The following are baseline skills every Logistics Analyst is expected to have in order to experience success in this field:

  • Microsoft Excel: Microsoft Excel is a spreadsheet developed by Microsoft for Windows, macOS, Android and iOS. It features calculation, graphing tools, pivot tables, and a macro programming language called Visual Basic for Applications.
  • Communication Skills: The ability to convey information to another effectively and efficiently.
  • Planning: Working experience with the process of thinking about and organizing the activities required to achieve desired goals.
  • Microsoft Office: Microsoft Office is an office suite of applications, servers, and services developed by Microsoft.
  • Problem Solving: Problem solving consists of using generic or ad hoc methods, in an orderly manner, for finding solutions to problems.

Specialized Skills

These skills are specific to working in this career:

  • Logistics: Logistics is generally the detailed organization and implementation of a complex operation.
  • Logistics Analysis: Working experience of Logistics Analysis. Logistics refers to a process that is associated with flow of information, goods, and services offered to suppliers and customers from the point of origin to the point of destination. It is commonly the complete process that starts from raw materials to the final disposal or sale of the finished goods.
  • Supply Chain Management: In commerce, supply chain management (SCM), the management of the flow of goods and services, involves the movement and storage of raw materials, of work-in-process inventory, and of finished goods from point of origin to point of consumption.
  • Scheduling: Working experience making schedules, which are basic time-management tools, consisting of a list of times at which possible tasks, events, or actions are intended to take place withing an organization.
  • Supply Chain Knowledge: A supply chain is a system of organizations, people, activities, information, and resources involved in moving a product or service from supplier to customer.

Distinguishing Skills

Any Logistics Analyst that possesses the following skills will stand out against the competition:

  • Transportation Management: Working experience of Transportation Management. A transportation management system (TMS) is a subset of supply chain management concerning transportation operations and may be part of an enterprise resource planning system.
  • 3PL (Third Party Logistics): Working experience of 3PL (Third Party Logistics). Third-party logistics (abbreviated 3PL, or sometimes TPL) in logistics and supply chain management is a company's use of third-party businesses to outsource elements of the company's distribution and fulfillment services
  • Supply Chain Improvement: Working experience making processes of supply chains more cost-efficient or better for an organization.
  • Logistics Planning: In a general business sense, logistics is the management of the flow of things between the point of origin and the point of consumption in order to meet requirements of customers or corporations.
  • Logistics Systems: Working experience of Logistics Systems, which are made up of three main activities: order processing, inventory management, and freight transportation.

Experience

This position typically requires the following level of experience. The numbers presented in the pie charts below were derived from actual job posts over the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Experience Required%
0 to 2 years28%
3 to 5 years41%
6 to 8 years17%

Many of the programs offered through NC State are designed for working professionals who need additional credentials to enhance existing work experience.

Students who do not have the expected level of experience may wish to look into internship and employment opportunities.

Common Job Titles

It is possible to find work in this field in positions commonly listed as the following job titles:

  • Logistics Analyst
  • Senior Logistics Analyst
  • Logistics Management Analyst
  • Logistics Analyst II
  • Logistics Analyst I

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