Transport & Logistics

Logistics Analyst

Logistics analysts evaluate the supply chain process to identify weaknesses and areas for improvement.

  • Entry-level education

    Bachelor’s degree

  • Job outlook

    1 2 3 4 5

What does a Logistics Analyst do?

Logistics analysts evaluate the supply chain process to identify weaknesses and areas for improvement.

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Work activities

As a logistics analyst, you might:


collect and organise information from a variety of sources, such as computer databases, invoicing, shipment tracing and customer feedback
collaborate with supply chain and logistics workers who have specialised knowledge of business processes
examine information to determine its relevance to a problem
use sophisticated software to run statistical analyses, simulations, predictive modelling, or other methods to analyse information
use the results of analysis to develop practical solutions to logistics problems
write reports explaining your findings, the impacts of various possible courses of action and your recommendations.

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Key skills and interests

To become a logistics analyst, you would need:

  • excellent maths and IT skills
  • strong business acumen with logistics and supply chain knowledge
  • a highly methodical and logical approach to your work
  • the ability to analyse and prioritise complex information
  • excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • strong problem solving and research skills
  • the ability to explain complex ideas clearly to non-experts.
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Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

In a full-time role, you would usually work standard business hours, Monday to Friday.

Conditions

Logistics analysts work inside larger companies, or for consulting companies which specialise in strategy and productivity for multiple clients. You would usually work in an office and spend time visiting other parts of the company, or client sites.

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How to become an Logistics Analyst?

To become a logistics analyst, you would need to have a degree in an area such as logistics, statistics, supply chain management, economics or business studies. Because logistics analysis is based on quantitative analysis, you would need coursework in mathematics or statistical / data analysis as part of your degree. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your senior secondary school certificate or equivalent. English, mathematics and physics would be appropriate subjects to study prior to university.

 

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Job outlook

  • 1 2 3 4 5

Employment of logistics analysts is projected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations.

As technology advances and a greater number of goods are being transported worldwide, companies will continue to seek efficiency and cost savings, meaning demand for logistics analysis should continue to grow.

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