Although an associate’s degree is sufficient for many logistician jobs, candidates increasingly need a bachelor’s degree to advance beyond entry-level positions.
Logisticians can qualify for positions with an associate’s degree in business or engineering or by taking courses on logistics. However, as logistics becomes increasingly complex, more companies prefer to hire workers who have at least a bachelor’s degree. Many logisticians have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in business, finance, industrial engineering, or supply chain management.
Logisticians may get certification through the American Society of Transportation and Logistics (ASTL) or the International Society of Logistics (SOLE). The certification offered by each organization typically requires a combination of education, experience, and passing an exam. Although it is not required, certification can demonstrate professional competence and a broad knowledge of logistics.
Logisticians typically need work experience in a field related to logistics or business. Because military operations require a large amount of logistical work, some logisticians gain work experience while serving in the military. Some firms allow applicants to substitute several years of work experience for a degree.
Communication skills. Logisticians need strong communication skills to collaborate with colleagues and do business with suppliers and customers.
Critical-thinking skills. Logisticians must develop, adjust, and successfully carry out logistical plans, and they often must find ways to cut costs and improve efficiency.
Organizational skills. Logisticians must be able to do several tasks at one time, keep detailed records, and manage several projects at once in a fast-paced workplace.
Problem-solving skills. Logisticians must handle unforeseen circumstances, such as delivery problems, and adjust plans as needed to resolve the issues.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition