Supply Chain Logistics

About this Career

Supply Chain

Supply chain encompasses both the planning, movement, storage, and processing of inventory.

Supply chain management is an important aspect of manufacturing, wholesaling and retailing. The goal of supply chain management is to have the product readily available when the consumer is ready to purchase it, at a price they are willing to pay.

machinery moving packagesJobs in this field may include:

  • Distribution Manager
  • Director of Purchasing
  • Global Supply Chain Planner
  • Supply Chain Management Analyst

Employers such as electronics firms, manufacturing companies, software distributors and retailers typically hire supply chain management professionals.


Logistics is about getting products from the point of departure to the point of arrival, such as the home of a consumer. Think of it this way, when an order is placed online with a big retailer, someone figures out how to deliver it quickly and efficiently. This involves overseeing areas such as packaging, routing, scheduling, preparing, distributing, delivering and warehousing.

Jobs in this field may include:

  • Logistics Coordinator
  • Warehouse Distribution Center Operations Manager
  • Logistics Manager
  • Transportation Analyst
  • Logistics Management Analyst
  • Transportation Manager

Each field offers a variety of positions, career opportunities and room for growth.

"DHL has a co-op program through Dater High School. I was happy when I found out about that. I thought that was an awesome opportunity to explore and see how everything works. I want to work in logistics."

—Fernando Lopez, Gilbert A. Dater High School

About This Program

It is offered at Dater High School and is available to seniors. 

GPA Required to Enter the Program

Students must have a 2.0 GPA and a recommendation from a teacher, school counselor or principal, a 93 percent attendance rate, and on-track for graduation.

Classroom Instruction

This class is taught by instructors from Cincinnati State Technical and Community College at each high school. There is not a fee for the course. During the semester, students get acquainted with all aspects of supply chain and logistics to gain a better understanding of what career path is a good fit for them.

Students will have the opportunity to tour the DHL regional hub facility where they will meet and talk with employees, managers and executives.

Industry Credential

Students can earn two industry recognized credentials, Certified Logistics Associate (CLA) and Certified Logistics Technician (CLT), which can be used toward the graduation pathway. 

Work-Based Learning

Upon completing the first semester, students can take advantage of on-the-job training during the second semester at DHL. Students must complete a DHL application and pre-employment screening to work for the company. Work shifts are from 7 a.m. - 3 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays. Students will earn $13.55 an hour.

Transportation to Work Site

DHL will provide round-trip transportation from the school to the work site during their work-based learning experience. 

Job Prospects After Graduation

Upon successfully completing the work experience portion of the program and graduating from high school, students can apply for a full-time or part-time position with DHL. The company offers its full-time and part-time employees college tuition reimbursement and benefits.

Expected Salary in this Field

Salaries for supply chain positions range from $54,000 for entry level jobs to $77,000 for experienced workers. Salaries for logistics can range from $35,000 (national average) to $100,000 — possibly more. Like many jobs, the salary in these careers depend on education, experience, location and industry.

"There has never been a better time than now to join DHL, global trade continues to grow as technology advances and economies develop and DHL is the leader in worldwide logistics."

—Davey Johnson, DHL

Our Partners

  • Gilbert A. Dater High School
  • Cincinnati State Technical and Community College
  • DHL
  • PNC Bank
  • Staffmark