Logistics Managers

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About the Job

Plan, direct, or coordinate purchasing, warehousing, distribution, forecasting, customer service, or planning services. Manage logistics personnel and logistics systems and direct daily operations.

It is also Called

  • Supply Chain Logistics Manager
  • Logistics Vice President
  • Logistics Team Leader
  • Logistics Supervisor
  • Logistics Solution Manager
  • Logistics Operations Manager
  • Logistics Operations Director
  • Logistics Management Specialist
  • Logistics Director
  • Logistics Coordinator
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What They Do

  • Develop plans or set goals to reduce carbon emissions associated with storage or transport activities.
  • Implement or monitor carbon or environmental management, accounting, or audit systems.
  • Conduct or review environmental audits for logistics activities, such as storage, distribution, or transportation.
  • Review global, national, or regional transportation or logistics reports for ways to improve efficiency or minimize the environmental impact of logistics activities.
  • Prepare or file environmental certification applications.
  • Design models for use in evaluating logistics programs or services.
  • Recommend purchase of new or improved technology, such as automated systems.
  • Train shipping department personnel in roles or responsibilities regarding global logistics strategies.
  • Develop risk management programs to ensure continuity of supply in emergency scenarios.
  • Plan or implement material flow management systems to meet production requirements.


People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: EC.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Enterprising interests, but also prefer Conventional environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Working Conditions, but also value Support and Independence in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • 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.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Negotiation - Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Education Required

Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.


In 2017, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $110,490 with most people making between $66,360 and $163,380


avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 3,900 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 4,140 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 24 openings due to growth and about 86 replacement openings for approximately 110 total annual openings.

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