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The current state of global economies and need to reduce both public and private operating costs has created a strong demand for logisticians who understand the operations of an entire organization, according to Sarah James, executive director of SOLE–The International Society of Logistics. She says the need for logisticians will likely grow even more. "Since logistics impacts every element of an organization at all levels, the logistician who can integrate all enterprise activity may well become the next 'must have' in the C-suite," she says. That means aspiring logisticians might want to consider additional certifications and management or leadership training as their career progresses. As logisticians gain experience, they can move into middle- and senior-management positions, especially those who find new ways to cut costs and improve efficiency. Some logisticians parlay their experience into a job with a consulting firm or start their own advisory or outsourcing firm.

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Upward Mobility good Above Average
Stress Level poor Above Average
Flexibility poor Low

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Logisticians helped control the Gulf oil spill and are also integral to disaster-relief efforts. "We tell everybody that logistics is not just supply-chain management, and it's not just transportation. Logistics is everything. It's embedded in every function from systems operation to design and support," says James. Because logisticians need to quickly respond to problems, the jobs can be stressful. At businesses with an international footprint - which includes many companies these days, even small ones—they also need to sustain real-time communication with colleagues in many different time zones.

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