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Logistics and Transportation

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Area

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Manufacturing

 
  • Purchasing
  • Operations Management
  • Distribution
  • Inventory/Materials Management
  • Warehouse Operations
  • Systems Management
  • Customer Service
  • Rate Analysis
  • Performance Analysis
  • Manufacturers of:
    • Industrial goods
    • Consumer goods

Merchandising

 
  • Purchasing
  • Distribution
  • Inventory Management
  • Warehouse Operations
  • Systems Management
  • Supplier Sourcing
  • Customer Service
  • Performance Analysis
  • Retailers
  • Wholesalers
  • Distributors

Service Institutions

 
  • Purchasing
  • Operations
  • Systems Management
  • Customer Service
  • Service institutions including:
    • Banks
    • Financial institutions
    • Hospitals
    • Educational institutions

Transportation

 
  • Rate Analysis
  • Systems Management
  • Transportation Management
  • Traffic Management
  • Dispatching
  • Sales
  • Customer Service
  • Freight and passenger carriers including:
    • Aviation
    • Rail
    • Trucking
  • Shipping companies
  • Transportation companies

Third Party Logistics

 
  • Analysis
  • Demand Forecasting
  • Sales
  • Customer Service
  • Systems Management
  • Warehouse Operations
  • Dispatching
  • Warehousers
  • Dedicated carriers
  • Forwarders
  • Third party logistics firms

Government

 
  • Purchasing
  • Inventory/Materials Management
  • Systems Management
  • State and local agencies
  • Government agencies including:
    • Department of Transportation
    • Armed Forces

Consulting

 
  • Consulting firms

International Opportunities

 
  • Global Supply Chain Management
  • Purchasing
  • Distribution
  • Inventory Management
  • Warehouse Operations
  • Systems Management
  • Supplier Sourcing
  • Customer Service
  • Performance Analysis
  • 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

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.