• Careers and Employment Outlook

    The Production and Logistics Management program is designed to provide the skills needed to enter the job market or advance in supply chain management positions. The growing demand in jobs related to transportation, product distribution and supply chain management provides new opportunities.

    The program includes specialized courses in warehousing, distribution, business logistics, leadership, and decision making, as well as general management training. Industries vary from aviation, energy, retail products and manufacturing to the military.

    Employment outlook: Employment of logisticians is projected to grow 2 percent from 2014 to 2024. Employment growth will be driven by the need for logistics in the transportation of goods in a global economy.

    The performance of the logistical and supply chain process is an important factor in a company’s profitability. Companies rely on logisticians to manage the movement of their products and supplies. Supply and distribution systems have become increasingly complex as they continue to try to gain more efficiencies at minimal cost. Therefore, employment is expected to grow as companies need more logisticians to move products more efficiently, solve problems, and identify areas for improvement.

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

    Job prospects: Overall job opportunities should be good because many logisticians are expected to retire or otherwise leave the occupation by 2024. Prospects should be best for candidates who have previous experience using logistical software or doing logistical work for the military.

    The median annual wage for logisticians was $74,260 in May 2015. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $45,830, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $115,960. In May 2015, the median annual wages for logisticians in the top industries in which they worked were as follows:

    Federal government $81,450
    Professional, scientific, and technical services $74,780
    Manufacturing $74,220
    Management of companies and enterprises $72,600
    Wholesale trade $65,850

     

    Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Logisticians, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/logisticians.htm (visited July 27, 2016).