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What Can I do with a Degree in Logistics?

You order something online. As you wait for the product, you can track it from warehouse to a distribution center, maybe by truck or train, to shipment to another distribution center, to placement on a local delivery truck, right to your doorstep.

How does that happen?

Logistics is the invisible process that make it all come together from your order to your doorstep.

You may see the truck driver-delivery person. What you don’t see are the software programmers, transportation planners, warehouse supervisors, supply chain and purchasing managers, schedulers, industrial production managers, and, yes, the logisticians, all of whom help move products and services from suppliers to customers.

What will I learn with a degree in Logistics?

You will learn how to coordinate all the links in the chain of logistics. You will understand the big picture. You will have a working knowledge of the software programs that assist the logistics industry. With a two-year associate degree in Logistics, you will be fully skilled and competent for entry into the field of logistics. How high up the ladder you climb is up to you.

Colorado as a Logistics hub.

Although Colorado isn’t the precise center of the country, it’s close. Colorado is a railroad hub. Denver International Airport is an air travel hub. East-west Interstate 70 meets north-south Interstate 25 in Denver, so Colorado is a trucking hub.

All these hubs spell “jobs,” and more importantly, an excellent paying career field.

Is a degree in Logistics right for me?

This is a great career for anyone who wants to be part of a team. If you enjoy being part of a larger organization with a larger purpose, this career could be for you. Can you look at issues, problems, and possibilities from regional, national or international perspective?

Spatial understanding is important. If you can look at a map and see transportation possibilities, that’s the starting point. Basic computer skills and working with computer programs and apps are assets. Basic computational skills also would contribute to your success in this emerging career field.

What kind of job can I get with a degree in Logistics?

The general job title would be Logistician. Other jobs in logistics include:

  • Transportation, storage, and distribution manager
  • Purchasing manager
  • Supply chain manager
  • Industrial production manager
  • Production, planning, and expediting technician

Logistics job outlook.

Brick-and-mortar stores need to keep their shelves stocked. Online companies need to ship product to consumers. Wholesalers and distributors need to get product to their business customers. Manufacturers and other industrial operations need to match the inflow of components to their production needs. All of these demands spell the need for logistics professionals.

Here’s what you will see on the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment website for logistics-related occupations:

Job Title Entry Wage Openings/year
Logistician $43,390 158
Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Manager $60,960 56
Purchasing Manager $88,042 37
Supply Chain Manager $69,970 N/A
Industrial Production Manager $61,875 40
Production, Planning, and Expediting Technician $32,908 107

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Abel Coombs is a faculty member in the Business, Information Systems, and Integrated Technologies Department of Front Range Community College. He is the program director and developer of the Certificate and Associate of Applied Science degree for Logistics & Supply Chain Management within Colorado. He has background and training in business law and education, which enables him to guide FRCC to be the leading Career and Technical Education training program in Colorado for Logistics & Supply Chain Management. His goal is to make FRCC the go-to college for establishing a career in logistics.