Supply Chain

Career Overview

$74,600
median salary
174,900
jobs nationwide in 2018
8,400
approximate # of new jobs by 2028
Analyze and coordinate an organization’s supply chain.
Manage a product’s life cycle from design to disposal.
Oversee activities including purchasing, transportation, inventory, and warehousing.
Develop relationships with suppliers and customers, and find ways to grow the business.
Identify areas to improve with innovative technology.
Propose strategies to cut costs or minimize the time required to transport goods.

What It Takes

Supply chain management is a career where quick thinking—and the ability to stay focused on completing the job—are essential skills. If you enjoy regimented work and are a fast thinker, this career is worth a look.

Strong People Skills

Supply chain managers need to be excellent and efficient communicators to meet the needs of suppliers and customers.

Organizational Acumen

This career requires detailed record-keeping while managing several projects at once. 

Critical Thinking

You must tackle unforeseen challenges, including delivery problems, and adjust plans as needed to resolve the issues.

Technology Skills

Supply chain experts must have a strong grasp on—or willingness to learn—automated technology.

Career Progression

Step 1
Earn bachelor’s degree
Step 2
Get certified through APICS
Step 3
Other certifications
Step 4
Work toward operations leadership

Key Companies

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