What is Logistics?
Logistics is the detailed coordination of a complex operation involving many people, facilities, or supplies. People with logistics careers are known as “Logisticians.” In basic terms, they are the people who acquire, distribute and deliver the supplies that a company needs. Almost every industry has logistics jobs, including business offices, manufacturers, and professional services. Shipping companies are logistics specialists who work with companies in other industries to help them deliver and distribute products and supplies.
Interstate 85 and highways directly cut through Cabarrus County resulting in a multitude of logistics companies. Several national companies such as Shoe Show, Stanley Black & Decker, Distribution Technologies, S.P. Richards and Saddle Creek Corp call Cabarrus home.
Skills/Traits for a Career in Logistics:
- Commercial awareness
- Good problem-solving skills
- Ability to think quickly, logically, and analytically.
The level of education required for a career in logistics varies based on what type of job you are looking for in the industry. Many colleges, like Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and UNC Charlotte, offer courses or training that are applicable to a career in logistics. See below for all the different options for starting a career in logistics:
High School: If you are a high school student and are interested in learning more about a career in logistics, please contact your career counselors or visit your school system’s website. (Cabarrus County Schools, Kannapolis City Schools).
Two-Year College: Rowan-Cabarrus Community College offers truck driver training which consists of extensive classroom and range and road driving to prepare students for the Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) final test. RCCC also offers operations management courses.
Four-Year College: At UNC Charlotte, you can study operations and supply chain management. Students learn how to efficiently use resources to provide organizations with quality goods and services through forecasting, managing day-to-day operations, scheduling personnel, and equipment, managing quality and inventory, and working with suppliers.
Logistics Job Market:
Careers in logistics are expected to grow faster than normal over the next 10 years. The move of individual markets shifting to a global economy is the reason the Bureau of Labor Statistics gives the projected 22 percent increase in logistics jobs by 2022. That’s good news for those with the education and experience to qualify them for a job in logistics, but the current market is still fairly large with 125,900 logistics jobs reported in 2012.
Logistics Careers in Cabarrus County:
- Clerks (Shipping, Receiving, Traffic) – Average salary of $29,100
- Dispatcher – Average salary of $40,300
- First-Line Supervisors – Average salary of $41,600
- Truck Drivers (Tractor-Trailer) – Average salary of $47,600
- Diesel Mechanic – Average salary of $50,000
- Managers (Transportation, Storage, Distribution) – Average salary of $89,500