Supply chain managers—sometimes called logisitcians—oversee the flow of goods in a business or government agency. In manufacturing, they ensure that raw materials and components of a product are available when and where they’re needed, in sufficient quantities. They ensure that the finished products are delivered where they’re meant to go. In doing so, supply chain managers are always looking for ways to cut costs or increase efficiency.
As businesses increasingly have a ‘just-in-time’ approach to supply problems and consumers are more demanding than ever, a supply chain manager needs to be highly organized and constantly on the lookout for ways to do things better or more cheaply.
Annual salaries for supply chain managers will vary depending on your experience, education level, and expertise. In 2013, the average annual salary for supply chain managers working in the U.S. was $76,330 per year.
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California leads the nation in employment for supply chain managers, with 13,300 making an average annual salary of $82,700. Texas is second in employment, where 11,440 supply chain managers earn an average salary of $83,510.
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Use our interactive map below to find out which areas of the United States are currently experiencing the greatest amount of growth and job availability for graduates looking for a career as a supply chain manager. The associated information has been gathered from Bureau of Labor statistics, representing data collected in 2012.
In today’s globalized world, most things we use come from somewhere else, and many of the things we use are made of parts that come from dozens of places around the world. Supply chain managers are responsible for keeping goods flowing around the world. Here are some of the benefits of the career:
Efficiency and precision are the hallmarks of a good supply chain manager. A working knowledge of these skill sets will help to set you apart from other candidates.
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There are some opportunities for those who earn an Associate’s degreein supply chain management.
More commonly, however, supply chain managers who work in government agencies, multinational corporations, and other businesses have a Bachelor’s degree. Usually employers prefer degrees in supply chain management, degrees in business, industrial engineering, or process engineering may also qualify you for the job. Courses in supply chain management cover topics such as database management, system dynamics, logistics, and decision-making.
In addition to receiving an education, some individuals will opt to acquire a certification in the practice. The American Society of Transportation and Logistics (ASTL) and the International Society of Logistics (SOLE) offer certifications which require candidates to have sufficient experience and education, and to pass an exam.