As many transportation companies struggle to find qualified truck drivers, a new report has found that the industry is facing yet another challenge – the need to find professionals with logistics training on their resumes
to fill a grow number of job openings.The Georgia Center for Innovation for Logistics released a report that identifies the gaps between the demand for logistics-related jobs and the current supply of industry programs being offered to students through postsecondary training. The study, “The Logistics of Education and the Education of Logistics,” found that the nation’s 7,642 educational institutions are not generating enough qualified workers who are formally trained, degree or certified to keep pace with growing industry demand, the Savannah Morning News reports.The logistics industry is growing at an ever-increasing pace and facing new challenges and opportunities like never before, Page Siplon, executive director of the Center of Innovation for Logistics, told the news agency. “Conditions created by new technology, government regulations and increasing demands from consumers to always deliver products faster, better and cheaper will require a workforce that has the skills and real-world training to meet this demand. This will have a profound impact on companies of all types and sizes.” According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, logistics-related jobs opening in the U.S. will increase by 270,000 per year to reach 1.1 million by 2016.So what does this mean to you as a job seeker if you are looking to find work in the emerging transportation and logistics field?In order to advance in the industry, you will need to have a number of relevant skills on your resume to attract potential employers. Those qualifications may include distribution center management, supply chain management, sales, purchasing, materials coordination and production management.Many community colleges and technical schools offer 2-year certificates in logistics, which will help graduates find entry-level work. Common courses in these programs include distribution and warehousing, planning and scheduling, marketing and domestic transportation. Graduate certificate programs from 4-year universities may include business and economics, facilities operations, and logistics analysis.The American Society of Transportation and Logistics (AST&L) and the International Society of Logistics (SOLE) also offer a number of certification programs, which may increase your employment potential or help you find work in international trade.You may want to take an online aptitude test to determine if you will need additional training to qualify for in a logistics-related position. You will also need a broad base of business and soft skills if you want to advance into a middle management-level job, which are often referred to as grey-collar positions.Four-year degrees in logistics management include programs on budget reviews, forecast shipping demands, storage and distribution, warehousing, billing, inventory control and freight transportation. You may also need advanced experience with computer software such as Quickbooks or PeachTree for accounting, billing and invoicing of orders.The council of Logistics Management reports that entry-level supervisors positions average $39,000 annually, with middle-level managers making up to $111,000 per year. Many of these managers also can earn incentive pay in addition to their base salary, as well as insurance benefits, 401K matching funds and tuition reimbursement.The Collegiate Employment Research Institute reports that the demand for logistics managers at all levels is excellent as the scope of the the role of these professionals expands across many sectors, including at manufacturing firms, merchandising companies, restaurants, hospitals and government agencies, all of which will need to move materials and goods to customers across the U.S.