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Five in-demand logistics careers for consideration

Friday, October 14, 2016

People with fine-tuned technical and task coordination skills are increasingly needed: these STEM careers are on the rise, and the demand won't be stopping anytime soon, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. If manufacturing, transportation and distribution aren't efficient and effective, a business will suffer and potentially even fail.

When a skillset is a priority for businesses, the employment opportunities are as diverse as the world's companies. Curious as to where you might fit in? Let's take a look at some of the most in-demand logistics roles:

Warehouse operations manager
Warehouse operations managers are crucial for almost every kind of company. To run an efficient warehouse, an operations manager must streamline processes and have a keen eye for inefficiencies They must prioritize security, organize meticulously and be an insightful recruiter as well as day-to-day leader. Warehouse operations managers must also have a deep understanding of their facility's capabilities and goals in order to trim, perfect and tweak its components to save money and time.

Transportation manager

How is the product getting from production to its distribution channel, or to its consumer? Because let's face it: If it's not there, it either won't be purchased, or customers who have already paid will be unhappy. Transportation is an increasingly complex field; it can be as small-scale as optimizing the delivery of a local product to nearby buyers, or involve international routes by air, land and sea. A sharp eye for data and details allows those in this role to optimize these factors and cut costs.

Logistics engineer
Logistics engineers design and operate the systems used in other logistics roles. Their attention to detail allows them to find more efficient processes in many of their daily tasks, whether they’re in charge of an assembly line or managing inventory. Technical and communication skills are pivotal in this role, which fuses smarts and innovation. Earning a logistics degree is a solid starting point for this career.

Logistics software manager

Crafting the tools that will be used by countless others in the logistics industry is no small task. Logistics software managers convert aspects of the business process into intuitive, powerful software, which is then used to monitor and evaluate the process. These systems produce data insights that lead to greater overall efficiency, and the highly sophisticated technology they create, manage and troubleshoot allows many others to do the same.

Supply chain manager
This role is made for big-picture people who examine, monitor and improve the entire supply process, from raw materials and production to storage and distribution. Their expertise makes their business more efficient without compromising quality. Cross-disciplinary understanding, adaptability and large-scale impact make supply chain managers some of the key players in the business process.

The positions listed above are only a handful of the increasingly in-demand STEM and logistics careers on the market. As these roles continue to grow in value and quantity, the value of a STEM education increases proportionately. Students looking for a head start on a logistics career should definitely pursue a STEM education.

Lauren Willison
As the Director of Admissions at Florida Polytechnic University, Lauren Willison is responsible for supporting the Vice Provost of Enrollment in managing recruitment efforts. She develops and coordinates on- and off-campus events, as well as manages the campus visit experience.