Tips When Applying For a Job In Logistics
April 5, 2021
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, a surplus of logistics jobs were created as consumers ordered online more than ever. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), after minor job growth in early summer, the number of trucking jobs in the U.S. rose by 10,000 in August. With the steady rise of logistics and trucking jobs to grow four percent from now until 2029, a career in logistics is a strong choice for the future.
When considering applying for any job, it’s essential to conduct thorough research and connect with industry professionals about what the day-to-day in their field looks like. Given that logistics touches nearly every industry, this preparation is critical as the logistics industry can be vague at the start.
By definition, logisticians analyze and coordinate an organization’s supply chain. They oversee activities that include purchasing, transportation, inventory, and warehousing. They may direct the movement of a range of goods, people, or supplies, from common consumer goods to military supplies and personnel. Logisticians typically use software systems to plan and track the movement of products. Whether you are undecided on a career path post-graduation or looking to switch careers, check out these tips when applying for a job in logistics.
Identify the Necessary Qualifications
According to a college career preparation site
, a bachelor’s degree is needed to obtain a logistics position, although an associate degree may be sufficient for some logistician jobs. However, companies prefer to hire workers who have at least a bachelor's degree due to complexity in logistics and supply chains. Many logisticians have a bachelor's degree in business, systems engineering, or supply chain management.
Bachelor’s degree programs often include coursework in operations management, database management, and system dynamics. Also, most programs offer courses that train students on software and technologies commonly used by logisticians, such as radio-frequency identification (RFID). Although not required, certification can demonstrate professional competence and a broad knowledge of logistics. Logisticians can obtain certification through APICS
or the International Society of Logistics (SOLE)
. A logistician typically needs to meet education and work experience requirements and pass an exam to become certified. There are several certifications available from the Defense Acquisition University (DAU). These certifications are required for Department of Defense acquisitions.
Determining What Sector of Logistics Interests You
Many industries depend primarily on logistics — particularly healthcare, medical, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, and many others. For example, in the medical field, many devices and medications are needed to arrive in a sanitary and time-sensitive state. In a medical environment, a logistician could be in charge of ensuring emergency supplies and sometimes even more sensitive items, such as organs and blood. In a different industry such as manufacturing, companies need to receive materials on time and, in some cases, quickly, at the last minute. Logistics professionals are tasked with mapping out efficient routes for expedited shipping, reducing the risk of project delays.
Additionally, e-commerce is another industry that heavily relies on logistics experts. It consists of storing and shipping inventory for an online store or marketplace, including inventory management and the picking, packing, and shipping of online orders. This also includes final-mile delivery, a specialization of our affiliate, TopHat Logistical Solutions
Given the unprecedented nature of 2020, the logistics industry played a significant role in distributing personal protective equipment (PPE) to frontline workers and, eventually, COVID-19 vaccines.
Considering Future Job Security
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
(BLS), occupations in the logistics industry are expected to grow four percent from 2019 to 2029. The BLS also recommends that future job opportunities may be best for candidates who have experience with logistical software or work for the military.
The performance of the logistical and supply chain process is an essential 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 gain more efficiencies at a minimal cost.
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