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Logistics and Transportation: What Can I Do With This Degree?

Manufacturing

  • Purchasing
  • Operations management
  • Distribution
  • Inventory/Materials management
  • Warehouse operations
  • Systems management
  • Customer service
  • Rate analysis

Employers

  • Manufacturers of industrial goods, consumer goods

Information & Strategies

  • Many entry-level positions as analysts, management trainees, or first line supervisors are available with manufacturers and merchandisers.
  • Develop strong analytical skills and a logical approach to problem solving.
  • Take additional courses in statistics and computer systems.
  • Learn to communicate with different types of people across different functional areas.
  • Complete an internship in a manufacturing environment.

Merchandising

  • Purchasing
  • Distribution
  • Inventory management
  • Warehouse operations
  • Systems management
  • Supplier sourcing
  • Customer service

Employers

  • Retailers
  • Wholesalers
  • Distributors

Information & Strategies

  • Many entry-level positions as analysts, management trainees, or first line supervisors are available with manufacturers and merchandisers.
  • Develop strong analytical skills and a logical approach to problem solving.
  • Take additional courses in statistics and computer systems.
  • Gain experience through an internship with a retailer.
  • Get involved in student organizations and seek positions of leadership.

Service Institutions

  • Purchasing
  • Operations
  • Systems management
  • Customer service

Employers

Service institutions including:
  • Banks
  • Financial institutions
  • Hospitals
  • Educational institutions

Information & Strategies

  • Develop skills with computers and information technology.
  • Learn to communicate well with others.
  • Complete an internship in logistics to gain relevant experience.

Transportation

  • Rate analysis
  • Systems management
  • Transportation management
  • Traffic management
  • Dispatching
  • Sales
  • Customer service

Employers

Freight and passenger carriers including:
  • Aviation
  • Rail
  • Trucking
  • Shipping

Information & Strategies

  • Develop strong computers and analytical skills.
  • Learn to work well and communicate with different types of people.
  • Be willing to start in a hands-on position, such as a loading dock supervisor for a trucking company. This allows employees to learn the business from the bottom up.

Third Party Logistics

  • Analysis
  • Sales
  • Customer service
  • Systems management
  • Warehouse operations
  • Dispatching

Employers

  • Warehousers
  • Dedicated carriers
  • Forwarders

Information & Strategies

  • Gain experience through internships or summer jobs in logistics and/or sales.
  • Develop negotiation, persuasion, and communication skills.
  • Learn to problem solve effectively.
  • Must be highly motivated and organized.

Government

  • Purchasing
  • Inventory/Materials management
  • Systems management

Employers

  • State and local agencies
  • Government agencies including: Department of Transportation, Armed Forces

Information & Strategies

  • Develop a well rounded background in business.
  • Take additional courses in statistics or computer systems to enhance skills.
  • Maintain a high GPA.
  • Learn the application process for government agencies.
  • Consider enrolling in ROTC if interested in a career with the armed forces.

Consulting

    Employers

    • Consulting firms

    Information & Strategies

    • Learn to work well on a team.
    • Develop strong communication skills, both oral and written. Gain experience making presentations.
    • Earn an MBA for advancement into higher positions.

    General Information

    • Majors in logistics, supply chain, transportation, and industrial engineering are particularly helpful to gain entry into this functional area.
    • Gaining experience through part-time and summer jobs or internships is critical.
    • Information technology, analytical, and quantitative skills are particularly important in the logistics and transportation field. Develop these skills through courses and work experience.
    • Many desirable skills can be developed through participation in leadership of student organizations.
    • Develop decision-making ability.
    • Learn to work well in a team and to work effectively with a wide variety of people.
    • Some organizations may not have a “logistics” department. Look for positions in operations, manufacturing, or marketing.
    • Develop and utilize a personal network of contacts. Once in a position, find a mentor.
    • Consider earning an MBA after gaining a few years of work experience to reach the highest levels of logistics.
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