By Sumit Sharma,
Co-founder of GoBOLT, one of the tech-logistics companies based out of New Delhi. He can be reached at [email protected]
With the growing demand in various career options available for students, Logistics and supply chain management is one of the successful professions that play a major role in development of India’s economy. All types of businesses whether it is a big and small, there is always need for logistics managers to help with inventory and accounts receivable. A small business may have one person in charge of these duties, while large corporations have separate entire logistics and supply chain department. The work of a logistician begins with bringing in the supplies and raw materials necessary for a business or organization to operate. Inbound logistics are then used in conjunction with outbound logistics to distribute products or services where they are in demand. If you are thinking to choose this as a career, this field of logistics has lot to offer.
The required skill set
The basic skills required to have a successful career in logistics are- Commercial awareness, Numeracy, Good problem solving skills and Ability to think quickly, logically and analytically. Other than these, having time management skills and being detail oriented can take your career in logistics and distribution to the highest levels.
Education in Logistics
There are various levels of degrees that can be pursued in regard to logistics. The first and the basic one is an associate's degree. This prepares the graduates for entry-level careers in transportation & warehousing, which are the two major key areas of the logistics industry. After the associate degree comes the bachelor's degree, which helps the aspirants to qualify and pursue administrative positions in the supply chain management. This is followed by the master’s degree for which the applicants may need to take GMAT or other standardized tests to apply to graduate schools.
There are different education degrees for different occupants depending upon the nature of their work. For instance, undertaking the career as a Logistician one might require a Bachelor's degree in business, supply chain management or related field. Similarly, if one wants to build a career as a shipping and packing clerk, a high school diploma or equivalent educational certificate is the requirement.
Job prospects for a bright career
With the globe being more than ever connected because of globalization, this is a great time to be involved with the logistics sector. According to the BLS, employment in the field is expected to grow 22% between 2012 and 2022. Several jobs in the field of logistics and supply chain management are available including logistics manager, integrated programs director, supply chain director, inventory manager, supply chain planning manager, and many others. A bachelor’s degree, in either fields of business, industrial engineering, or supply chain management is preferred generally by the companies while appointing logistics managers. Logistics personnel’s main employers are the private industries that include retail, as well as local, state, and federal government. Depending on the occupation, working conditions may also vary.
Specific Career Fields associated to Logistics Management
As discussed above, degrees other than logistics management can also prepare you for this particular line of work. The knowledge can be applied to the various career options:
- Business Sustainability and Green Operations
- General Management
- Operations Management
- Project Management