Why study logistics?
For goods to be produced, manufacturing businesses to exist, company inventories to be stocked, and safe transportation to occur, the world needs logistics professionals. Logistics deals with the organization and management of storing and transporting goods and materials to customers. In todayʼs society, there is a high demand for logistics professionals due to global shortages and the increasingly critical role digital technology plays in supply chain management. Investing in a logistics program is the first step towards a solid, opportunity-filled career, because with the right foundation of organizational skills and knowledge of the industry, youʼll be able to go far.
According to the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, the supply chain management industry is one of the fastest growing industries within the United States and the world with logistics alone accounting for 9.5% of the U.S. Gross Domestic Product. An in-depth understanding of logistics is a transferable skill that will set you apart from other job candidates post-graduation, and can help you find a promising career that fits your individual needs.
What are potential career paths?
Because logistics skills are in such high demand, there are a wide variety of career opportunities available, including:
A demand planner is responsible for analyzing data to estimate future product demand. They identify problems, propose solutions, track inventory and sales, si through statistics, and monitor demand.
A project manager is responsible for overseeing logistics projects, which involve the safe and timely transportation of materials, manufacturing, budgeting, business administration, scheduling, and supervising.
Vendor-Managed Inventory Analyst
A vendor-managed inventory analyst is responsible for analyzing a companyʼs inventory and stock based on objectives and scheduling. They evaluate inventory vulnerabilities and possible setbacks in shipping or delivery.
A logistics analyst is responsible for the purchasing, tracking, and distributing of goods and materials. They oversee projects, create schedules, track inventory, manage payments, etc.
A warehouse manager oversees the storage and distribution of goods in a warehouse facility, supervising a team of staff, operating equipment, protecting company materials, keeping records, and administrating daily operations.
A production manager is responsible for overseeing the efficiency of the production process by coordinating schedules, meeting requirements, and solving problems before they can occur.
A transportation specialist is responsible for overseeing the efficiency of the transportation process–coordinating schedules and driving routes, communicating with customers, budgeting, supervising staff, etc.
Why Baker College?
With the Baker College online logistics degree program, youʼll learn from industry professionals who know exactly what skills youʼll need to succeed on the job. With a combination of strategies, techniques, and practical, hands-on learning, youʼll get to take what you learn and turn it into valuable real-world experience.
Students finishing this program will have completed a well-rounded curriculum including business and general education cores, as well as the major core that examines all aspects of the industry from raw materials to end users and everything in between. Global perspectives combined with cultural diversity are interwoven within the curriculum, creating an awareness of todayʼs business environment within which the students will ultimately compete.