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Logisticians Job Outlook

Employment of logisticians is expected to grow 26 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Employment growth will be driven by the important role logistics play in an increasingly global economy.

Companies rely on logisticians to manage the movement of their products and supplies, which allows the company to compete in a highly globalized market. The performance of a company’s logistical and supply chain process is an important factor in a company’s profitability. Supply and distribution systems have become increasingly complex to maximize efficiency while minimizing cost. Therefore, employment is expected to grow rapidly as companies need logisticians to move products efficiently, solve problems, and identify areas for improvement.

Governments and the military also rely on logisticians. Planning for and moving military supplies and personnel require an enormous amount of logistical work. Employment of logisticians in government and contracting firms will continue to grow to meet the needs of the military.

Job Prospects

Job prospects should be good for those with a bachelor’s degree in supply chain management, industrial engineering, business, or a related field. Prospects should be best for those with a college degree and work experience related to logistics, particularly previous experience using logistical software or doing logistical work for the military.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition