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Logistics and Operations Management (AAS)

The online Associate of Applied Science Degree in Logistics and Operations Management is designed to develop skills in managing materials and production delivery by integrating the three legs of operations management: supply management, logistics, and operations – supported by courses in accounting, project management, and distribution fundamentals.  Program objectives include: (1) gaining efficiencies in procurement, distribution, and logistics; (2) applying project management practices to “real world” problems; (3) developing a cross-functional awareness of the different activities driving supply chain performance; (4) coordinating activities with suppliers and customers; and (5) recognizing the importance of business ethics and social responsibility in business operations.

Graduates receive training to prepare for entry-level jobs such as:

  • Cold Storage Supervisor
  • Distribution Manager
  • Load Out Supervisor
  • Shipping Manager
  • Shipping Supervisor
  • Terminal Manager
  • Warehouse Manager

Graduates may find employment in industries such as:

  • Distribution firms
  • Manufacturers
  • Freight forwarders
  • Major retailers

Logistics and Operations Managers have skills and knowledge in a variety of areas such as:

  • Transportation —principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
  • Administration and Management —business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership techniques, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Customer and Personal Service —processes for providing customer and personal services.

In our 24 month program, you will have the opportunity to learn how to:

  • Plan, direct, and coordinate:
    • Storage operations within an organization
    • Distribution operations within an organization
    • Activities of organizations that are engaged in storing or distributing materials or products
  • Supervise the activities of workers engaged in receiving, storing, testing, and shipping products or materials.
  • Plan, develop, or implement warehouse safety and security programs and activities.
  • Inspect physical conditions of warehouses, vehicle fleets, or equipment and order testing, maintenance, repairs, or replacements.
  • Respond to customer or shipper questions and complaints regarding storage and distribution services.
  • Develop and document standard and emergency operating procedures for receiving, handling, storing, shipping, or salvaging products or materials.

Note: Completion times vary by individual.

Employers Look for the Following Skills and Abilities:

  • Attention to Detail — requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Integrity — requires being honest and ethical.
  • Business and Management Principles – requires being involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership techniques, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Customer and Personal Services – Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Administrative and Clerical Procedures and Systems – Knowledge of word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
  • Personnel – procedures for recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
  • Speaking — talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Problem Solving — using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2017) $44.45 hourly, $92,460

Median wages data collected from Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers.

There is a wide range of earning potential for qualified people in this career field. Vista is here to help you receive the training you need to be qualified to join this group.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2017 wage data.

Employment is projected to grow from 2016 to 2026 at the average rate for all occupations (Average 5% to 9%).

Related Occupations:

  • Transportation Managers
  • Logistics Managers
  • First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material-Moving Machine and Vehicle Operators

Note: Salaries provided are the median for all hires. New graduates should expect entry level wages and pay may vary according to location and other factors.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2016-2026 employment projections.

“Projected growth” represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2016-2026).

Employment data collected from Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers.

Industry data collected from Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers.



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