Logistics Analysts

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About the Job

Analyze product delivery or supply chain processes to identify or recommend changes. May manage route activity including invoicing, electronic bills, and shipment tracing.

It is also Called

  • Sustainment Logistics Analyst
  • Supply Technician
  • Supply Chain Specialist
  • Supply Chain Analyst
  • Reverse Logistics Analyst
  • Provisioning Analyst
  • Product Control and Logistics Analyst
  • Procurement Specialist
  • Procurement Analyst
  • Operations Logistics Analyst
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What They Do

  • Enter carbon-output or environmental-impact data into spreadsheets or environmental management or auditing software programs.
  • Compare locations or environmental policies of carriers or suppliers to make transportation decisions with lower environmental impact.
  • Contact carriers for rates or schedules.
  • Arrange for sale or lease of excess storage or transport capacity to minimize losses or inefficiencies associated with empty space.
  • Route or reroute drivers in real time with remote route navigation software, satellite linkup systems, or global positioning systems (GPS) to improve operational efficiencies.
  • Contact potential vendors to determine material availability.
  • Determine packaging requirements.
  • Reorganize shipping schedules to consolidate loads, maximize vehicle usage, or limit the movement of empty vehicles or containers.
  • Communicate with or monitor service providers, such as ocean carriers, air freight forwarders, global consolidators, customs brokers, or trucking companies.
  • Manage systems to ensure that pricing structures adequately reflect logistics costing.

Interests

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

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

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Achievement, but also value Independence and Recognition in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • 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.
  • Transportation - Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Systems Evaluation - Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
  • Systems Analysis - Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
  • 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.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Education Required

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

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $77,040 with most people making between $47,280 and $108,600

Outlook

0.51%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 5,100 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 5,360 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 26 openings due to growth and about 74 replacement openings for approximately 100 total annual openings.



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