Jobs like software developers, computer systems analysts, and petroleum engineers have received a lot of attention the past few years for outstanding growth, wages, and general in-demandness. But right up there with them—in the top 10 fastest-growing jobs that pay above $30 per hour, excluding education jobs—is one a bit more surprising: logisticians.
|Occupation||2010 Jobs||2014 Jobs||2010 - 2014 Change||2010 - 2014 % Change||Median Hourly Earnings|
|Source: EMSI 2014.2 Class of Worker|
|General and Operations Managers||1,887,523||2,032,477||144,954||8%||$46.44|
|Accountants and Auditors||1,243,139||1,326,866||83,727||7%||$30.29|
|Software Developers, Applications||563,657||641,615||77,958||14%||$43.32|
|Computer Systems Analysts||477,877||540,154||62,277||13%||$37.98|
|Software Developers, Systems Software||380,186||424,006||43,820||12%||$47.62|
|Information Security Analysts||67,912||79,359||11,447||17%||$41.63|
At the national level, logisticians have grown 13% growth from 2010 to 2014 (15,387 new jobs) and are projected to grow another 22% over the next 10 years. With median wages of $35.07 per hour, opportunities for workers of nearly every education level, and a promising career path, it’s a compelling option for folks who enjoy fast-paced jobs involving lots of strategy, management, and problem-solving.
What do logisticians do? The BLS describes: “Logisticians analyze and coordinate an organization’s supply chain—the system that moves a product from supplier to consumer. They manage the entire life cycle of a product, which includes how a product is acquired, distributed, allocated, and delivered.” The job can be more exciting than it sounds, as it also includes coordinating responses to major national disasters (such as hurricanes and tornados) as well as environmental disasters (think of oil spills). The greatest percentage of logisticians (23%) work in the federal government, civilian, excluding postal service industry, while 9.5% work in corporate, subsidiary, and regional managing offices and nearly 6% work in aircraft manufacturing.
As mentioned above, one of the most attractive things about logisticians is that workers can land jobs at nearly every education and training level. Just over 30% of logisticians own a bachelor’s degree, 29% have some college, no degree, while 14% have only an associate’s degree and another 14% have merely a high school diploma or the equivalent.
Workers also have fantastic opportunity to climb up to managerial positions as they gain experience or return to school for a higher degree. The two main programs are operations management and supervision (5,860 national completions in 2013) and logistics, materials, and supply chain management (4,702 national completions in 2013).
Hotspots for Logisticians
Keeping our analysis to the 51 MSAs with at least 500 logistician jobs, we derived the top MSAs for job growth, wages, and concentration.
A few takeaways:
- Seattle (5,934) and Washington, D.C. (5,871), are home to the greatest number of logistician jobs.
- Seattle (1,016 new jobs, 21%) and Detroit (842 new jobs, 30%) are growing the fastest. These two MSAs also have the greatest number of openings in 2014: Seattle, 1,318; Detroit, 1,001.
- California-Lexington Park, Maryland, stands out for its incredible concentration of logistician jobs. With a location quotient (LQ) of 23.71, the MSA has nearly 24 times as many logistician jobs as the national average. Logistician jobs in the area grew by 18% (150 new jobs) and the wages are also higher here than in the other 50 MSAs ($48.51 per hour). Huntsville, Alabama (13.21 LQ), and Ogden-Clearfield, Utah (3.77 LQ), are the next highest in concentration.
|MSA Name||2010 Jobs||2014 Jobs||Change||% Change||Openings||2014 LQ||Median Hourly Earnings|
|Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA||4,414||5,013||599||14%||823||0.91||$37.07|
|New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA||4,267||4,609||342||8%||696||0.56||$36.66|
|Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX||3,709||4,129||420||11%||626||1.38||$36.42|
|Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX||3,009||3,757||748||25%||924||1.39||$41.59|
|San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA||1,908||2,349||441||23%||545||1.13||$36.37|
|Oklahoma City, OK||1,328||1,506||178||13%||261||2.62||$33.82|
|California-Lexington Park, MD||848||998||150||18%||194||23.71||$48.51|
Job Posting Analytics
We used EMSI’s new Job Posting Analytics tool to take a closer look at the job postings data for logisticians across the nation. In an average month between November 2011 and August 2014, job postings numbered 3,742 and while the number of hires numbered 4,703–slightly more than one hire per job posting. Since a hire represents a new worker taking a job offer while job postings are advertisements for positions, the number of job postings can far outnumber the number of actual jobs being advertised. Case in point: In the month of August 2014, there were 24,466 total job postings for logisticians, of which 3,833 were unique, meaning there were 24,466 postings advertising for 3,833 jobs. This ratio gives us a posting intensity of 6-to-1–higher than the average posting intensity for all other occupations in the nation and indicating that companies may be putting more effort into hiring this position. (Read more about how to analyze job postings data.)
So who is hiring—and where? The following charts from JPA shows the top cities for job postings and the companies with the greatest posting intensity (the ratio of total postings vs. unique postings). Houston is the top city, while the National Guard’s posting intensity (30:1) shows an aggressive effort to hire for relatively few positions.
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