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Logisticians in California

May also be called: Logistics Analysts; Logistics Engineers; Logistics Planners; Material Planners; Production Planners; Supply Chain Directors

What Would I Do?

Logisticians analyze and coordinate the production functions of a firm or organization. They are responsible for the entire life cycle of a product, including acquisition, distribution, internal allocation, delivery, and final disposal of resources. They also develop and implement technical project management tools and report project plans, progress, and results to customers and management.

Logisticians often work in well-lit, well-ventilated, and temperature-controlled offices. Some work a 40-hour week, but the job may involve long and unusual hours. They may travel frequently, often to foreign countries, when negotiating contracts, consulting, or attending conferences.

Will This Job Fit Me?

The job of Logistician could appeal to those who enjoy starting up and carrying out projects, persuading and leading people, and making decisions.

What Wages and Benefits Can I Expect?

The median wage in 2016 for Logisticians in California is $85,460 annually, or $41.09 hourly. The median is the point at which half of the workers earn more and half earn less.

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Source: EDD/LMID Occupational Employment Statistics Survey, 2016 Wages do not reflect self-employment.
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Most Logisticians receive excellent benefits. Benefit packages usually include medical and dental insurance, retirement plans, vacation, sick leave, and holidays. Some employers also offer life insurance, flexible spending accounts, and stock options.

What is the Job Outlook?

The job outlook for prospective Logisticians is bright, especially for applicants with logistics-related experience and strong management skills.

How Do I Qualify?

Most employers of Logisticians require a bachelor's degree in business administration, industrial engineering, or related fields. Some employers, however, will accept an applicant with a high school diploma and sufficient work experience in logistics.

Finding a Job

Direct application to employers remains one of the most effective job search methods. Other strategies include browsing Internet job banks and help wanted ads, attending job fairs, using college job placement centers, and networking through a professional society or association. Online job opening systems include JobCentral at and CalJOBSSM at

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