Logistics Analysts


Education and Training Requirements

High School

Logistics analysts must have good business management skills and the ability to communicate clearly with a variety of people. Take classes in math, business, English, and computers. 

Postsecondary Education

Most companies prefer to hire logisticis analysts with a bachelor's degree in supply chain management, business, or systems engineering. Bachelor degree coursework usually covers operations and database management, systems dynamics, and logistics, as well as accounting, and English. Computer classes are also essential as logistics analysts use various software and technologies, such as radio-frequency identification, to conduct their work. Classes in marketing and product development may also be useful.

Certification, Licensing, and Special Requirements


Some companies prefer to hire logistics analytics who have certification in certain specialties. Certification can improve logistics analysts' skills and knowledge as well as enhance their job prospects. APICS is among the organizations that provides certification programs, with designations that include Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM), Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP); Certified in Logistics, Transportation, and Distribution (CLTD); and Supply Chain Operations Reference Professional (SCOR-P). Find information at http://www.apics.org/credentials-education/credentials.

Experience, Skills, and Personality Traits

Most employers prefer to hire logistics analysts with three to four years of prior experience. Logistics analysts must have strong communication skills and be able to identify and solve complex problems. The job entails working closely with others on a team, so good interpersonal skills and a cooperative attitude are essential. Logistics analysts use logic and reasoning in the approach to identifying and solving problems. They are knowledgeable about business and management principles, mathematics, transportation, and supply chain and logistics processes and practices. They must also be technologically savvy and well versed in logistics and supply chain software programs. People who do best in the logistics field are analytical, detail oriented, honest and ethical, and are willing to take on challenges and responsibilities.