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Logistics Management Specialist

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 Management Specialist earns the following wages (national and state):

State

The average salary in North Carolina for those pursuing this career is $66,031

*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 $68,925

*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?

Manages processing and distribution of supplies, equipment or materials needed by a company or organization. Coordinates shipments, creates schedules, supervises warehouse operations, and supervises logistics and warehouse staff.

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 Carolina11+9.5%
Nationwide468+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 Management Specialist is expected to have in order to experience success in this field:

  • 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.
  • Writing: Experience expressing business messages effectively in written form. This may include planning drafting and revising as necessary.
  • Detail-Oriented: A detail oriented person is someone who pays attention to the details and can make a conscious effort to understand causes instead of just the effects, and that does this in a second nature type of way.

Specialized Skills

These skills are specific to working in this career:

  • Logistics: Logistics is generally the detailed organization and implementation of a complex operation.
  • Project Management: Project management is the discipline of initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing the work of a team to achieve specific goals and meet specific success criteria.
  • 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.
  • Budgeting: Experience planning how the financial resources of a business or department are to be allocated during the next business period.
  • Customer Billing: A customer billing is any kind of business event where a business collects money from a customer for goods or services provided.

Distinguishing Skills

Any Logistics Management Specialist 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.
  • Transportation Management Systems: Transportation Systems Management is a set of techniques used to increase the capacity of a piece of transportation infrastructure without increasing its physical size.
  • 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
  • Material Flow Management: Material flow management (MFM) is a method of efficiently managing materials.
  • Supply Chain Improvement: Working experience making processes of supply chains more cost-efficient or better for an organization.

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills:

  • Logistics Processes: Working experience developing or executing Logistics Processes, which are the detailed organizations of complex operations.

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 years10%
3 to 5 years68%
6 to 8 years11%

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:

  • Project Manager - Rigging Logistics
  • Logistics Project Manager
  • Supply Chain Process Specialist
  • Logistics Management Lead
  • Logistics Project Professional

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