Logistics is all about the transportation of goods and information from Point A to be Point B. Read your way through this article to know what it takes to build a successful career in logistics.

Logistics Courses

The next time you visit your neighborhood store, take a look at the products you see on the shelves. It’s no joke that you see so many consumables at the store. It actually takes a lot of efforts to get the products from the point of their production to the point of their consumption, and this is what logistics is all about. Logistics in simple terms is the management of the flow of goods, services, and information from the point of origin or production to the point of consumption. Logistics revolves around beating the barriers of ‘place’ and ‘time’. In logistics, it is all about transporting products, information, or services to the right place and at the right time. Via the integration of information and implementation of a plan, logistics aims to create both place and time utility. Transportation, warehousing, material handling, packaging, inventory management, and security make for the heart of the functions of logistics. A career in logistics can prove to be an excellent option, if an individual has a flair for the same. It’s an option for the kinds of people who are actually fascinated with the idea of the ‘supply chain’. Read on to know what it takes to be eligible for a course in logistics, the career prospects, and the institutes offering courses in logistics.
Career In Logistics  

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. 

Course Details
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. 

Career Prospects
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. 

Some Of The Institutes Offering Courses In Logistics
  • 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

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