Logistics and Transportation

Logistics and Transportation

What can I do with this major?

Area

Employer

Information/Strategies


Area:

Manufacturing

Sub-Area:
  • Purchasing
  • Operations Management
  • Distribution
  • Inventory/Materials Management
  • Warehouse Operations
  • Systems Management
  • Customer Service
  • Rate Analysis
  • Performance Analysis
Employers:
  • Manufacturers of:
    • Industrial goods
    • Consumer goods
Strategies & Information:
  • Many entry-level positions as analysts, management trainees, or first line supervisors are available with manufacturers.
  • 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.

Area:

Merchandising

Sub-Area:
  • Purchasing
  • Distribution
  • Inventory Management
  • Warehouse Operations
  • Systems Management
  • Supplier Sourcing
  • Customer Service
  • Performance Analysis
Employers:
  • Retailers
  • Wholesalers
  • Distributors
Strategies & Information:
  • Many entry-level positions as analysts, management trainees, or first line supervisors are available with 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.

Area:

Service Institutions

Sub-Area:
  • Purchasing
  • Operations
  • Systems Management
  • Customer Service
Employers:
  • Service institutions including:
    • Banks
    • Financial institutions
    • Hospitals
    • Educational institutions
Strategies & Information:
  • Develop skills with computers and information technology.
  • Learn to communicate well with others.
  • Complete an internship in logistics to gain relevant experience.

Area:

Transportation

Sub-Area:
  • Rate Analysis
  • Systems Management
  • Transportation Management
  • Traffic Management
  • Dispatching
  • Sales
  • Customer Service
Employers:
  • Freight and passenger carriers including:
    • Aviation
    • Rail
    • Trucking
  • Shipping companies
  • Transportation companies
Strategies & Information:
  • Develop strong computer 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.

Area:

Third Party Logistics

Sub-Area:
  • Analysis
  • Demand Forecasting
  • Sales
  • Customer Service
  • Systems Management
  • Warehouse Operations
  • Dispatching
Employers:
  • Warehousers
  • Dedicated carriers
  • Forwarders
  • Third party logistics firms
Strategies & Information:
  • Gain experience through internships or summer jobs in logistics and/or sales.
  • Develop negotiation, persuasion, and communication skills.
  • Learn to problem solve effectively and to stay calm under pressure.
  • Demonstrate a high level of motivation, organization, and planning skills.

Area:

Government

Sub-Area:
  • Purchasing
  • Inventory/Materials Management
  • Systems Management
Employers:
  • State and local agencies
  • Government agencies including:
    • Department of Transportation
    • Armed Forces
Strategies & Information:
  • Develop a well-rounded background in business.
  • Take additional courses in statistics or computer systems to enhance skills.
  • Maintain a high grade point average.
  • Learn the application process for government agencies. Complete a government internship.
  • Consider enrolling in R.O.T.C. if interested in a career with the armed forces.
  • Learn a foreign language.

Area:

Consulting

Sub-Area:
    Employers:
    • Consulting firms
    Strategies & Information:
    • Learn to work well on a team.
    • Develop strong communication skills, both oral and written. Hone your presentation skills.
    • Complete one or more internships to gain relevant experience in supply chain management.
    • Earn an MBA for advancement into higher positions.

    Area:

    International Opportunities

    Sub-Area:
    • Global Supply Chain Management
    • Purchasing
    • Distribution
    • Inventory Management
    • Warehouse Operations
    • Systems Management
    • Supplier Sourcing
    • Customer Service
    • Performance Analysis
    Employers:
    • Domestic and international companies including:
      • Manufacturers, retailers, wholesalers, and distributors
    • Freight and passenger carriers
    • Shipping companies
    • Third party logistic firms
    • Tranportation companies
    • Offshore suppliers
    • International suppliers
    • Government departments
    Strategies & Information:
    • Learn about import/export laws.
    • Become familiar with how US Customs and other organizations regulate trade.
    • Cultivate foreign language skills and cultural awareness.
    • Plan to start in domestic positions and work towards international assignments.

    General Information and Strategies

    • 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 enhanced through participation in leadership of student organizations.
    • Develop flexibility, negotiation skills, and the ability to make sound decisions.
    • Learn to work well on 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.
    • Plan to start searching for internships or jobs four or more months in advance of when you would like to start the position.
    • 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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