Careers in Global Supply Chain Management
Organizations in virtually every industry rely on supply chain managers to oversee some of the most essential processes to keep their businesses moving in a global marketplace. That means demand for supply chain management professionals is on the rise — now and in the years to come!
Here’s what experts are saying:
In its Best Jobs of the Future issue, U.S. News & World Report listed supply chain management as one of 20 hot job tracks for the 21st century.
According to the 2012 Inside Supply Management Salary Survey, demand is escalating across several industries and company types for supply chain professionals.
With logistics accounting for about 8% to 10% of U.S. GDP and spending on supply chain growing faster than the overall economy, the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals confidently claims that the field offers significant opportunities for college graduates coming out of supply chain management programs.
The US Department of Labor Statistics supports this positive job outlook by stating that supply chain-related jobs are expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations until 2020, the upper limit on the time horizon for its projections.
Strong Entry-Level Opportunities
For graduating supply chain majors, some of the most common entry-level positions within the field of GSCM include:
- Logistics or Supply Chain Analyst
- Production Planner
- Transportation Planner or Analyst
- Procurement Specialist
- Customer Service Specialist
- Warehouse or Plant Supervisor
- Network Planner
A Career that Can Take You Places
Love to travel? GSCM positions offers exceptional opportunities for exciting travel both internationally and domestically. Conversely, many jobs require minimal to no travel. Overall, supply chain offers the variety, flexibility and growth potential to meet your needs and interests.
Certification and Advanced Study Options
A number of professional certifications in Supply Chain Management can be pursued after earning an undergraduate degree, including:
- Certified Professional in Supply Chain Management (CPS)
- Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM)
Additionally, the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) and the Association for Operations Management (APICS) both offer excellent ongoing GSCM educational programs for supply chain professionals. These educational programs allow GSC professionals to continually enhance their skills sets as their careers progress.