An individual in order to taste success in the world of logistics will have to do either a Bachelors course in logistics or a Masters in the same. It is also possible for an individual to do a diploma and even a PhD in logistics. An individual, in order to be eligible for a Bachelors course in logistics will have to be done with a 10+2 or an equivalent from a recognized board. It however must be mentioned that most colleges or institutions in India only offer post graduation courses in logistics. To be eligible for a post graduation course in logistics, an individual will have to be a graduate and should preferably hail from the commerce stream. For a doctoral degree, an individual will have to be a graduate and should be done with a Masters in logistics. Diploma courses in logistics are aplenty and can be taken up by individuals post graduation and sometimes even after high school.
A course in logistics, be it a Bachelors, Masters, PhD or even a diploma, will help individuals familiarize themselves with the supply chain and how best to utilize it to the advantage of the company. Courses will provide students with an introduction to logistics, then attempt to dwell on cost analysis, advanced logistics, inventory and stocking and E-commerce. The nuances of the supply chain will be enumerated to students. Courses will also give insights into the various logistical systems in the world today, methods of statistical research, transportation economies, supply chain technology, etc. Logistic courses depending on the level of difficulty will basically attempt to educate students on what it takes to perfectly manage the logistics needs of a company or any other such organization.
Companies, especially the ones that deal with tangible products, are always in need of managerial talent in their logistics department. So, for an individual with the right degree, sufficient knowledge on the market and exceptional negotiation skills, getting a job is not going to be too difficult. Qualified logistics experts are a rarity and the ones who belong to this ‘elite clan’ can land plum jobs in clearing and forwarding companies, supply chain management enterprises, courier companies and freight forwarding organizations. Companies that manufacture products and need assistance in the transportation of the same to the place of consumption will be more than willing to hire the services of a knowledgeable expert. Shipping companies and cargo handlers too are always in the need of individuals with expertise and a professional degree in logistics. As far as remuneration for a logistics expert goes, the same is by no means less when compared to most other career options.
The School of Business Logistics, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
University of Massachusetts, Boston, United States of America
Asian Council Logistics Management, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Indian Institute of Materials Management, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Michigan State University, United States of America