2016 06 10 Tonya Chestnut Florida Polytechnic UniversityBy Tonya Chestnut, Associate Director of Admissions at Florida Polytechnic University,
Our global community is steadily growing larger, and so too is the worldwide demand for logistics professionals. Through communication, commerce and cultural connection, it’s become easier to move beyond borders and ship goods and services overseas. As a result, the logistics industry is in dire need of professionals who can efficiently plan, execute and improve shipping and distribution processes.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of jobs for logisticians will be driven by the “need for logistics in the transportation of goods in a global economy.” This worldwide demand for logistics professionals offers lucrative job opportunities, but it remains a highly competitive market to enter. For this reason, young professionals need to get a head start on training and education. Earning a logistics degree, for example, is a great stepping stone to landing one of the five most in-demand logistics careers listed below.
Supply Chain Manager
Supply chain managers are among the most vital employees in any commerce-related organization. They oversee the entire operation, from the shipment planning stages to product distribution and storage. Supply chain managers are commonly responsible for: mapping out shipments; overseeing and securing product manufacturing; directing product transportation; finding adequate storage for goods; identifying the best means for product distribution and supervising customer service.

Logistics Software Manager
Global supply chains are managed by highly sophisticated technology and could not run properly without professionals to operate them. Logisticians who are proficient with these systems and software are a highly valuable asset, as technology is now a key component in nearly every successful logistics operation. In this role, technical skill is most valued since logistics software managers must troubleshoot intricate systems.  

Logistics Engineer
The logistics engineer is the brains behind each of the systems used in the management process. Logistics engineers operate and regulate these systems to carry out a variety of tasks ranging from managing inventory to designing systems that efficiently package products. These engineers are typically detail-oriented and excel in communication, technical and leadership skills. Most employers require a candidate with a bachelor’s degree, but prefer a master’s degree in logistics or engineering to truly be capable of handling the role.

Warehouse Operations Manager
Warehouse operations managers not only oversee the manufacturing process within their respective warehouse, but they also manage employee recruitment, finances, security and inventory flow. As a result, this role requires a combination of soft and hard skills. Candidates should have a broad knowledge of warehouse operations and material handling, in addition to interpersonal and leadership skills to effectively manage teams.

Transportation Manager
Every day, millions of items are transported by land, sea and air. Transportation managers are responsible for electronically tracking these shipments to ensure smooth and secure deliveries. They act as a liaison between distributors and consumers to make sure products deliveries are satisfactory for both parties. Given their influence on international and domestic trade, transportation managers are a valuable asset in the global logistics market. To excel on the job, transportation managers should be detail-oriented, excellent negotiators and adept problem-solvers.

Each of these five logistics careers plays a valuable role in global commerce processes. For logisticians interested in filling one of these roles, the key to becoming a standout candidate is a thorough, early education. Enrolling in a higher education logistics program, particularly STEM-focused programs, allows students to dive into real-world problems and find creative solutions to the world’s logistics problems.

Tonya Chestnut
As the Associate Director of Admissions at Florida Polytechnic University, Tonya Chestnut actively recruits students and conducts group tours, in addition to traveling throughout northern and central Florida to meet students and guidance counselors in person. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Keiser University in Lakeland, and has also attended a one-year program on leadership and management at Saint Leo University.

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