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Welcome to LogisticsDegree.net! This is an online guide to the field of logistics and supply chain management, with an emphasis on helping you choose a logistics degree program and career path. You can follow our blogger, Robert Jones, for more information about what it’s like to work in this field and how to get your start in the industry or click on the links below to see answers to common questions we receive.
- What degree options are available in logistics?
- What different areas of work exist in logistics?
- What is the job outlook in the logistics industry?
- Do I have what it takes to work in logistics?
What degree options are available in logistics?
Having a relevant education is critical for anyone interested in a logistics career. Logistics degree programs cover subjects such as management, managerial decision-making, distribution and logistics and supply chain management. Given the broad scope of the field, some programs are referred to as an operations management degree or logistics and supply chain management degree. Some schools offer a degree in transportation and logistics.
It’s important to find the right program for your career goals. Below you’ll find a list of accredited schools that offer a number of quality degree options.
Northern Arizona University
What different areas of work exist in logistics?
Logistics professionals examine all of the steps between turning out a product and delivering it to the public in the most effective way. Graduates typically go on to work in logistics and supply management for a company, although the managerial and leadership skills acquired when studying for a logistics degree can be applied to management or supervising job positions in many fields.
Below we’ve outlined the different areas in the logistics industry and the careers available in each of them:
|Area:||Career Overview:||Types of Jobs:||Logistics Management||Logistics management is the process of planning, preparing, implementing, and evaluating all logistics functions that support an operation or activity.||International Logistics Manager; Logistics Supervisor; Logistics Engineer; Cost Estimator; Supply Chain Logistics Manager|
|Operations Management||Operations management is the ability to maintain and/or continually improve the daily operations of a business using analysis and management skills.||Operations Managers; Maintenance and Service Superintendent; Operations Research Analyst; Distribution and Warehousing Manager|
|Project Management||Project management is the discipline of planning, organizing and managing resources to bring about the successful completion of specific project goals and objectives.||Team Leader; Project Project Manager; Business Unit Head; Engineer; Construction Manager/ Site Manager; Distribution Manager|
|Business Sustainability and “Green” Operations||Business sustainability and green operations is the study of creating value through services and sustainable business practices that focus on environmental and social responsibility.||Sustainability Program Director; Sustainability Analyst/Consultant; Green Building Project Manager; Wind Energy Engineer; Solar Process Engineer/Process Integration Engineer|
|Small Business Management/Entrepreneurship||Small business management/entrepreneurship focuses on how to start and operate a small business and how to recognize and avoid the common mistakes made by small business managers.||President; Owner; Co-Owner, Entrepreneur; Marketing Manager|
What is the job outlook in the logistics industry?
With globalization making even the furthest reaches of the globe more and more connected, now is a great time to be looking into the field of logistics. According to the BLS, employment in the field is expected to grow 22% between 2012 and 2022.
Below is a geographic profile of the States with the highest employment level in this occupation. You’ll notice that many areas across the country employ a high concentration of logistics professionals:
To work in logistics, one needs a highly developed and proven management capacity in addition to the other skills and competencies listed below:
- Time Management: Managing one’s own time and the time of others in fast-paced environments.
- Leadership: Willing and able to lead; take charge, and offer opinions and direction to co-workers and clients.
- Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to complex problems.
- Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one for overall business performance.
- Monitoring: Monitoring and assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action in order to get products to market faster .
- Complex Problem Solving: Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.