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Distribution Managers - Preparation

To work as a storage or transportation manager, you typically need to:

  • have a high school diploma or equivalent; and
  • have more than five years of related work experience.

Education after high school

Some storage and transportation managers prepare for this field by earning a bachelor's degree. Some universities offer bachelor's degrees or master's degrees in logistics, transportation, or supply chain management. Other programs of study to prepare for this field include business administration, accounting, or economics. Most schools offer these degree programs.

Work experience

Most storage or transportation managers begin in entry-level positions, with only a high school diploma or equivalent. They gain experience by working their way up through the ranks. Many storage and transportation managers have more than five years of experience.

On-the-job training

You should consider participating in an internship while in college. An internship is usually part of a four-year degree program. It offers you a chance to apply what you have learned in the classroom to a work situation. It also allows you to build skills and make contacts with people in the field.

Military training

Some branches of the military train people to be transportation managers. You need a bachelor' degree to enter this military occupation. Training lasts eight to 12 weeks, depending on your specialty. Additional training occurs on the job.

Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.