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What Can You Do With A Degree In Supply Chain Management?

With a degree in supply chain management, you will gain a well-rounded education that will prepare you for experiences in the real world.  Because this degree covers so many subjects, and is so extensive, you will be able to work in many industries.

Below is a breakdown of nine interesting careers in supply chain, employers and industries that hire supply chain professionals and resources for further career information. Some careers may require addition skills or further education.  For more information on qualifications, jobs and career specifics consult the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook 

9 INTERESTING CAREERS IN SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT:

 

 SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGER

MEDIAN PAY: $104,970/YR
JOB OUTLOOK: Growing at 2%
JOB DESCRIPTION: Supply chain managers determine equipment and staffing to manage materials, they also manage activities related to sourcing, purchasing, materials planning, inventory control, warehousing and receiving.  They also work with transportation, delivery and customer service loops. (1)

PURCHASING MANAGER

MEDIAN PAY: $111,590/YR
JOB OUTLOOK: Growing at 1% 
JOB DESCRIPTION: Purchasing managers plan, direct, and coordinate the buying of materials, products, or services for wholesalers, retailers, or organizations. They oversee the work of procurement-related occupations including buyers and purchasing agents. (2)

INDUSTRIAL BUYER/PURCH AGENT

MEDIAN PAY: $60,700/YR
JOB OUTLOOK: Growing at 2% 
JOB DESCRIPTION: Buyers and purchasing agents buy products and services for organizations to use or resell. They evaluate suppliers, negotiate contracts, and review the quality of products. (3)
 

 

MANAGEMENT ANALYST

MEDIAN PAY: $81,330/YR
JOB OUTLOOK: Growing at 14% (much faster than average)
JOB DESCRIPTION: Management analysts, often called management consultants, propose ways to improve an organization’s efficiency. They advise managers on how to make organizations more profitable through reduced costs and increased revenues. (4)

OPERATIONS RESEARCH ANALYST

MEDIAN PAY: $79,200/YR
JOB OUTLOOK: Growing at 30% (much faster than average)
JOB DESCRIPTION: Operations research analysts use advanced mathematical and analytical methods to help organizations investigate complex issues, identify and solve problems, and make better decisions. (5)
 

INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION MANAGER

MEDIAN PAY: $97,140/YR
JOB OUTLOOK: -4% decline
JOB DESCRIPTION: Industrial production managers oversee the daily operations of manufacturing and related plants. They coordinate, plan, and direct the activities used to create a wide range of goods, such as cars, computer equipment, or paper products. (6)

 

LOGISTICIAN

MEDIAN PAY: $74,170/YR
JOB OUTLOOK: Growing at 2%
JOB DESCRIPTION: Logisticians analyze and coordinate an organization’s supply chain—the system that moves a product from supplier to consumer. They manage the entire life cycle of a product, which includes how a product is acquired, distributed, allocated, and delivered. (7)

TOP EXECUTIVE (CEO, COO, VP)

 
MEDIAN PAY: $103,950/YR
JOB OUTLOOK: Growing at 6% (as fast as average)
JOB DESCRIPTION: Top executives devise strategies and policies to ensure that an organization meets its goals. They plan, direct, and coordinate operational activities of companies and organizations. (8)

TRANSPORTATION MANAGER

 
MEDIAN PAY: $89,190/YR
JOB OUTLOOK: Growing at 2-4% 
JOB DESCRIPTION: Transportation managers monitor operations to ensure work is accomplished in a manner consistent with the company's requirements, dispatch route, and track all transportation. (9)

INDUSTRIES THAT HIRE SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT MAJORS:

  • Contract Information System Companies, Software Development Companies, etc.
  • Distribution Centers
  • Educational Institutions
  • Health Care Industry
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Private, Public & Government Agencies
  • Sales Organizations, Department Stores and Other Retailers
  • Service Firms and Hospitality Organizations
  • Trade/labor organizations

 

HELPFUL RESOURCES FOR SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT MAJORS:

  • O-NET ONLINE (BUSINESS)
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Handbook
    • (1) www.onetonline.org/link/summary/11-9199.04
    • (2) https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/purchasing-managers.htm
    • (3) www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/buyers-and-purchasing-agents.htm
    • (4) www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/management-analysts.htm
    • (5) https://www.bls.gov/ooh/math/operations-research-analysts.htm
    • (6) www.bls.gov/ooh/management/industrial-production-managers.htm
    • (7) https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/logisticians.htm
    • (8) www.bls.gov/ooh/management/top-executives.htm
    • (9) www.onetonline.org/link/summary/11-3071.01
  • APICS - American Production and Inventory Control Society
  • CSCMP - Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals
  • CIPS - Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply
  • ISM - Institute for Supply Management
  • Lean.org
  • ISSSP - International Society of Six Sigma Professionals