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Description: what do they do?
Plan, direct, or coordinate purchasing, warehousing, distribution, forecasting, customer service, or planning services. Manage logistics personnel and logistics systems and direct daily operations.
Also known as:
Integrated Logistics Programs Director, Logistics Solution Manager, Global Logistics Manager, Logistics Manager, Supply Chain Logistics Manager

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    What is the source of this information?

    This information comes from the O*NET Resource Center.

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    Transcript: Ever wonder how your breakfast cereal got from a field of oats to the box on your counter? There was a Logistics Manager behind every step that moved your cereal from its start as a raw material, to processing, packaging, and storing, and finally to transporting it to the grocery store. These managers must meet the requirements of their customers and their employer. Much of their work involves resolving problems around transporting goods, coordinating with different suppliers, finding needed materials, and handling customer issues. Most other departments in an organization rely on the Logistics group’s work, so collaboration is frequent. They will often oversee a team of other logistics specialists. Their work may take them from a steel mill to a warehouse, factory, shipping or rail yard, and to the executive board room. To ensure safety performance and effective quality management, these workers maintain detailed records and make reports on topics including customer service issues, training, and safety. Logistics managers must have strong skills in communication, problem-solving, planning, and math. A bachelor’s degree in supply chain management, logistics, or business administration helps to develop these qualities, and is often required. With consistent demand for these workers, and competitive salaries, this job is a good logistical choice!
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Outlook: will there be jobs?
Image. Employment outlook for this occupation
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.

This occupation is:
  • A new and emerging occupation


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    • A Bright outlook means new job opportunities are very likely in the future
    • An Average outlook means that a small number of new job opportunities are likely in the future (less than an 8 percent increase)
    • A Below Average outlook means new job opportunities are less likely in the future

    You can also view local job listings in this field by clicking "Find job openings" above. This can help you see if local businesses are hiring—another way of looking at demand.

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    This information comes from the O*NET Resource Center. Learn more about O*NET’s Bright Outlook occupations. Note this information is only available at a national level, so even if you selected a state, you’ll only see this information for the whole country.

Projected employment
United States
111,600
2014 Employment
114,100
2024 Employment
2%
Percent change
2,710
Annual projected job openings
You’re seeing projected employment information for Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers because we don’t have information for Logistics Managers.

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    Projected employment shows how much employment is expected to grow in this occupation over a 10-year period. This can help you decide if this career is a good choice for future job opportunities. You can look at projected employment in your state, or in other states where you might consider living.

    You can see the total number of people employed in this occupation in 2014, the number expected to be employed in 2024, and rate of growth over those years.

    The projections are based on assumptions including a 5.2 percent unemployment rate in 2024 and labor productivity growth of 1.8 percent annually over the 10 years. While the projected numbers may not be exact, they are helpful to compare one career to another, or one location to another.

    What is the source of this information?

    State-level data come from Projections Central: Long Term Projections, through 2024.

    National-level data come from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections, Employment Projections: 2014–24.

Typical wages

Annual wages for Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers* in United States
* You’re seeing wage information for Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers because we don’t have information for Logistics Managers.
LocationUnited States
10%$52,670
25%$68,140
Median$89,190
75%$117,300
90%$152,730


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    The wage information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program, 2016 data. For more detailed state wage data, please find the link to your state's wage data program in the Other Resources box.

Education and experience: to get started

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    Interested in starting in this career? You can search for education programs in your local area by clicking “Find local training” above.

    What is the source of this information?

    This information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections Education and Training Data.

Typical education
How much education do most people in this career have?
Chart. Percent of workers in this field by education level attained

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    Interested in getting qualified for this career? You can search for programs that lead to the education needed, in your local area, by clicking “Find local training” above.

    What is the source of this information?

    This information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections Education and Training Data.

Certifications: show your skills
Let employers know you have the skills to do well at this job.
Earning a certification can help you:
  • Get a job
  • Get a promotion

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    When you click "Find certifications" you'll see a list of national certifications that are related to this career. From there, you can learn how to achieve one of these certifications to help you enter or get ahead in this field.

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    This collection of occupational certifications is collected and regularly updated by CareerOneStop. Learn more at Certification Finder Help.

Licenses: do you need one?
Some states require an occupational license to work in this career.

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    When you click "Find license details in your state" you'll see the license name and contact information for the agency in your state that oversees licensing for this field. If you have not selected a location, you'll see a list of all state licenses for this occupation.

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    Information on licensed occupations is gathered in each state by Labor Market Information units under a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. Learn more at License Finder Help.

Apprenticeships: learn on the job
Apprenticeships combine paid on-the-job-training with classroom lessons.

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    When you click "Find apprenticeship sponsors" you'll find information that can help you locate apprenticeship opportunities in your state:

    • If there are businesses that have sponsored apprenticeships in this field in the past, you'll find their name and contact information.
    • If there are related occupations that might have apprenticeship opportunities, you'll find links to that information.
    • You'll also see contact information for state and federal agencies that oversee apprenticeship programs.

    What is the source of this information?

    Apprenticeship information comes from the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeships, and from CareerOneStop. Learn more at Apprenticeship Finder Help.

Activities: what you might do in a day
  • Confer with organizational members to accomplish work activities.
  • Develop organizational policies or programs.
  • Develop operating strategies, plans, or procedures.
  • Supervise employees.
  • Direct organizational operations, projects, or services.
  • Analyze data to inform operational decisions or activities.
  • Implement transportation changes to reduce environmental impact.
  • Resolve customer complaints or problems.
  • Negotiate contracts for transportation, distribution, or logistics services.
  • Analyze financial records to improve efficiency.
  • Monitor organizational procedures to ensure proper functioning.
  • Manage operations, research, or logistics projects.
  • Monitor organizational compliance with regulations.
  • Determine operational compliance with regulations or standards.
  • Implement organizational process or policy changes.
  • Maintain operational records.
  • Negotiate contracts for environmental remediation, green energy, or renewable resources.
  • Communicate organizational information to customers or other stakeholders.
  • Develop emergency response plans or procedures.
  • Conduct employee training programs.
  • Determine resource needs.
  • Model operational processes.
  • Prepare forms or applications.
  • Maintain knowledge of current developments in area of expertise.
  • Conduct environmental audits.
  • Develop environmental remediation or protection plans.

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    You can also use this list to help you prepare for a job interview. Or, if you’ve already held a job like this, you can copy these activities to use on your resume.

    What is the source of this information?

    This information comes from O*NET OnLine's Occupation Information. They are O*NET’s Detailed Work Activities.

Knowledge
People in this career often know a lot about:
  • Transportation - Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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    This is a list of general knowledge areas that are most commonly required for jobs in the career. Knowledge is typically gained through education and related experience.

    This list can help you learn if you are prepared for a job in this career. It can also help you decide on education or training programs that could help you prepare for the career.

    What is the source of this information?

    This information comes from the O*NET Resource Center. Learn more about O*NET's Knowledge descriptors.

Skills
People in this career often have these skills:
  • Reading Comprehension - Reading work-related information.
  • Speaking - Talking to others.
  • Coordination - Changing what is done based on other people's actions.
  • Critical Thinking - Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
  • Active Listening - Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one.
  • Time Management - Managing your time and the time of other people.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
  • Negotiation - Bringing people together to solve differences.
  • Monitoring - Keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements.
  • Writing - Writing things for co-workers or customers.
  • Management of Personnel Resources - Selecting and managing the best workers for a job.
  • Active Learning - Figuring out how to use new ideas or things.
  • Persuasion - Talking people into changing their minds or their behavior.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Understanding people's reactions.
  • Systems Evaluation - Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.

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    This is a list of a list the work-related skills most commonly required for jobs in the career.

    This list can help you understand how well your current skills fit this career. It can also help you plan your education or professional development.

    What is the source of this information?

    This information comes from the O*NET Resource Center. Learn more about O*NET's Skills descriptors.

Abilities
People in this career often have talent in:
  • Oral Expression - Communicating by speaking.
  • Oral Comprehension - Listening and understanding what people say.
  • Written Comprehension - Reading and understanding what is written.
  • Problem Sensitivity - Noticing when problems happen.
  • Deductive Reasoning - Using rules to solve problems.
  • Written Expression - Communicating by writing.
  • Inductive Reasoning - Making general rules or coming up with answers from lots of detailed information.
  • Speech Recognition - Recognizing spoken words.
  • Speech Clarity - Speaking clearly.
  • Information Ordering - Ordering or arranging things.
  • Near Vision - Seeing details up close.
  • Category Flexibility - Grouping things in different ways.

    What does this information tell me?

    This is a list of a list of personal qualities that might influence work and are most commonly required for success in this career.

    This list can help you understand if your natural strengths and abilities are a good fit for this career.

    What is the source of this information?

    This information comes from the O*NET Resource Center. Learn more about O*NET's Abilities descriptors.

Interests
  • Conventional - Occupations related to Conventional interests frequently involve following set procedures and routines. They include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
  • Enterprising - Occupations with Enterprising interests frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. Many involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.

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    This is a list of work environment-preferences that are most commonly associated with the career. It can help you understand if your natural interests are a good fit for this career.

    Click "Take an interest assessment" for a quick 30-question assessment that can help you understand your interests and see careers that might be good matches for them.

    What is the source of this information?

    This information comes from the O*NET Resource Center. Learn more about O*NET's Interest descriptors.

Typical tasks
  • Collaborate with other departments to integrate logistics with business systems or processes, such as customer sales, order management, accounting, or shipping.
  • Create policies or procedures for logistics activities.
  • Supervise the work of logistics specialists, planners, or schedulers.
  • Direct distribution center operation to ensure achievement of cost, productivity, accuracy, or timeliness objectives.
  • Analyze all aspects of corporate logistics to determine the most cost-effective or efficient means of transporting products or supplies.
  • Resolve problems concerning transportation, logistics systems, imports or exports, or customer issues.
  • Negotiate transportation rates or services.
  • Direct or coordinate comprehensive logistical or reverse logistical functions for product life cycles, including acquisition, distribution, internal allocation, delivery, recycling, reuse, or final disposal of resources.
  • Analyze the financial impact of proposed logistics changes, such as routing, shipping modes, product volumes or mixes, or carriers.
  • Direct inbound or outbound logistics operations, such as transportation or warehouse activities, safety performance, or logistics quality management.
  • Establish or monitor specific supply chain-based performance measurement systems.
  • Participate in carrier management processes, such as selection, qualification, or performance evaluation.
  • Monitor product import or export processes to ensure compliance with regulatory or legal requirements.
  • Ensure carrier compliance with company policies or procedures for product transit or delivery.
  • Plan or implement improvements to internal or external logistics systems or processes.
  • Recommend optimal transportation modes, routing, equipment, or frequency.
  • Maintain metrics, reports, process documentation, customer service logs, or training or safety records.
  • Implement specific customer requirements, such as internal reporting or customized transportation metrics.
  • Negotiate with suppliers or customers to improve supply chain efficiency or sustainability.
  • Communicate freight transportation information to customers or suppliers, using transportation management, electronic logistics marketplace, or electronic freight information systems, to improve efficiency, speed, or quality of transportation services.
  • Plan or implement material flow management systems to meet production requirements.
  • Develop risk management programs to ensure continuity of supply in emergency scenarios.
  • Train shipping department personnel in roles or responsibilities regarding global logistics strategies.
  • Recommend purchase of new or improved technology, such as automated systems.
  • Design models for use in evaluating logistics programs or services.
  • Prepare or file environmental certification applications.
  • Review global, national, or regional transportation or logistics reports for ways to improve efficiency or minimize the environmental impact of logistics activities.
  • Conduct or review environmental audits for logistics activities, such as storage, distribution, or transportation.
  • Implement or monitor carbon or environmental management, accounting, or audit systems.
  • Develop plans or set goals to reduce carbon emissions associated with storage or transport activities.

    What does this information tell me?

    This is a list of typical tasks that people in this career might do on the job.  You can use this list to get an idea of whether this career might be a good fit for you.

    Click on “More tasks” to see more detailed examples for this career.

    You can also use this list to help you prepare for a job interview. Or, if you’ve already held a job like this, you can copy these tasks to use on your resume.

    What is the source of this information?

    This information comes from O*NET OnLine's Occupation Information. They are O*NET‘s Tasks.

Other resources

    What does this information tell me?

    These are additional online resources related to this career. You may find different or more detailed information at these sources.

    What is the source of this information?

    This information is collected and maintained by CareerOneStop.