Logistics & Supply Chain Management: Careers

Discover the Many Careers in Logistics & Distribution

  

If you like technology and a fast-paced, ever-changing environment with vast career options and opportunities for advancement, consider a career in Logistics, Transportation, and Supply Chain Management.

 

The Logistics industry is about more than moving boxes.  Opportunities exist for people with backgrounds in Information Technology; Management; Engineering; Quality Control and many other fields. 

 

Entry level opportunities are available for individuals at all levels of education—high school diploma and post secondary education, including: certifications, associate degrees, bachelor degrees, and graduate degrees.

 

Many jobs are available for high school graduates. If you are pursuing a post secondary education, several of Florida’s community colleges and universities offer certifications and degrees.

Average annual wage in Logistics and Distribution is significantly higher than all industries in Florida:

  • Logistics & Dist. Industry: $48,669
  • All industries in Florida: $36,804
  • Average wages per hour are higher than average for all industries
  • Projected number of new trained workers needed yearly in Florida is 11,000

Source: Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation, Labor Market Statistic Center

Jobs and Career Paths Requiring a College Degree

  • Marketing (customer services, logistics services, marketing & sales)
  • Logistics (planning & analysis, warehouse management, transportation management,
    inventory management)
  • Operations (production planning, maintenance, materials/production scheduling, inventory planning & control)
  • Quality (quality assurance, testing, training)
  • Purchasing (commodity
    management, materials planning,
    inventory management)
  • Engineering (new product
    development)
  • Information Systems (database
    management, material requirements
    planning, enterprise resource planning
    implementation
  • Logistics, Planning, and Management
    Services Careers  

Logistics, Planning, and Management Services

Contains a variety of careers based on specific knowledge, skill-sets, and necessary educational requirements. Those who enter careers in this pathway tend to have strong interests in seeing the big picture and making sure management has a very clear understanding of this picture, keeping the business functioning properly and with a profit. Types of jobs:

  • Logisticians
  • Logistics Managers
  • Logistics Engineers
  • Logistics Analysts
  • Logistics Consultants
  • Management Analysts
  • Transportation Operations Careers 

Transportation Operations

Contains a variety of careers based on specific knowledge, skill-sets, and necessary educational requirements. Those who enter careers in this pathway tend to have strong interests in getting products or people from one destination to another. Many of these workers enjoy the physical part of their jobs where they actually get to drive a vehicle, pilot a plane, or steer a ship. Types of jobs:

  • Transportation Managers—Air
  • Airplane Pilots/Co-Pilots
  • Flight Engineers
  • Flight Attendants
  • Air Traffic Controllers
  • Transportation Managers—Rail
  • Traffic Managers
  • Locomotive Engineers
  • Railyard Conductors and Yardmasters
  • Railyard Engineers
  • Transportation Managers—Water
  • Sailors
  • Ship and Boat Captains
  • Ship Engineers
  • Motorboat Operators
  • Truck/Bus/Taxi Traffic Managers
  • Truck Drivers-Heavy
  • Truck Drivers-Tractor-Trailer
  • Bus Drivers-School
  • Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs
  • Transportation Managers—Mass Transit
  • Dispatchers-Bus
  • Dispatchers-Rail
  • Bus Drivers—Transit and Intercity
  • Subway and Streetcar Operators

Warehousing and Distribution Center Operations

Contains a variety of careers based on specific knowledge, skill-sets, and necessary educational requirements. These workers enjoy dealing with the many challenges associated with the transportation and distribution process. Specifically the parts of the industry that deal with storing the various products, keeping accurate records, doing all the paperwork associated with tracking the products, and even the distribution and timelines that get the product to the customers as quickly as possible. This takes a lot of organizing, planning, and dealing with details, paperwork, and computers. Types of jobs:

 

Upper Management:

  • Warehouse Managers, Storage and Distribution Managers
  • Industrial and Packaging Engineers

Mid-level:

  • Team Leader
  • Customer Service Representative (CSR)
  • Shift Lead
  • Clerk
  • Auditor/Checker
  • Quality Control
  • Maintenance Floorperson
  • Maintenance Mechanic
  • Export Documentation
  • Dock Supervisor
  • Inventory
  • Traffic Manager
  • Receiving Inspector

Entry Level Positions include:

  • Dock Worker
  • Material Handler
  • Fork Lift Operator
  • Inventory Clerk
  • Order Picker
  • Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks
  • Distribution Associate
  • Bobtail Driver (Pre-Semi Trucks)

Transportation Sys./Infrastructure Planning, Management, and Regulation

Contains a variety of careers based on specific knowledge, skill-sets, and necessary educational requirements. Many of these activities involve very specialized skills and knowledge about regulations and guidelines, while other activities involve specific technical information and procedures. These occupations involve all aspects of the transportation industry: land, air and water. Types of jobs:

  • Urban and Regional Planners, Civil Engineers, Engineering Technicians, Surveying and Mapping
  • Technicians
  • Environmental Compliance Inspectors
  • Air Traffic Controllers
  • Aviation Inspectors
  • Traffic Engineers
  • Traffic Technicians
  • Motor Vehicle Inspectors
  • Freight Inspectors
  • Railroad Inspectors
  • Marine Cargo Inspectors
  • Vessel Traffic Control Specialists
  • Public Transportation Inspectors
  • Other Federal/State/Local Transportation Agency Jobs 

Sales and Service

Contains a variety of positions based on specific knowledge, skill-sets, and necessary educational requirements. Those who enter careers in this pathway tend to have strong interests in developing positive relationships with others to sell them the products they need at a price that makes them want to come back and buy more! Types of jobs:

  • Marketing Managers
  • Cargo and Freight Agents
  • Customer Service Managers
  • Cashiers, Counter, and Rental Clerks

Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance

Contains a variety of careers based on specific knowledge, skill-sets, and necessary educational requirements. Types of jobs:

  • Facility Maintenance Managers and Engineers
  • Industrial Equipment Mechanics
  • Industrial Electricians
  • Electrical/Electronic Technicians
  • Mobile Equipment Maintenance Managers
  • Electrical and Electronic Installers and Repairers for Transportation Equipment
  • Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics
  • Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians
  • Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians
  • Aircraft Engine Specialists
  • Avionics Technicians
  • Motorboat Mechanics
  • Ship Mechanics and Repairers
  • Signal and Track Switch Repairers
  • Rail Locomotive and Car Mechanics and Repairers
  • Automotive Body and Related Repairers
  • Automotive Glass Installers
  • Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics
  • Bus and Truck Mechanics
  • Motorcycle Mechanics  

 


Job titles and salaries in logistics, transportation, and supply chain management:

 

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Job TitleAnnual Salary Range

Buyer

Purchasing Agent

$30-45K
Customer Service Manager$30-60K

Distribution

Manager

$35-70K
Distribution Supervisor$24-60K

Inventory

Manager-Planner

$25-50K
Logistics Planner$60-75K
Logistics Analyst$25-50K
Logistics Services Salesperson$35-70K

Logistics

Manager

$40-70K

Materials

Manager

$35-60K

Purchasing

Manager

$35-60K

Shipping/

Receiving

Clerk

$19-27K

Shipping/

Receiving Supervisor

$22-40K
Supply Chain Manager$88-92K

Supply Chain

Analyst

$30-70K

Traffic

Manager

$35-60K
Transportation Manager$30-70K
Transportation Analyst$30-50K
Transportation Coordinator$20-40K
Warehouse Stock Clerk$19-26K

Warehouse

Manager

$35-60K
Warehouse Supervisor$26-60K

  

Listed salaries may vary depending on location, experience, and education. Salary information from www.salary.com & www.logisticsmgmt.com.