There is plenty of good news regarding employment in the fascinating and diverse field of supply chain management (SCM). It’s a huge field with tremendous opportunities for talented and energetic future managers like you.
How big is SCM? Logistics alone accounts for more than 9.5% of U.S. Gross Domestic Product! Over $1.3 trillion is spent on transportation, inventory, and related logistics activities. Add in the vast sums of money spent on supply management and manufacturing and you’re looking at a field with tremendous impact on the success of organizations, domestically and globally.
With supply chain spending growing faster than the overall economy and company executives recognizing the importance of SCM, an attractive job market exists. Eileen Coparropa, a 2005 SCM graduate recently summed up the job market by saying “When I graduated with my SCM degree, I had good job offers from several third-party logistics providers and shippers. Since going to work for T-Mobile, I have traveled for special project assignments, had the opportunity to manage people, and have recently served as a supply chain analyst.”
You will find SCM career opportunities in a variety of organizations. Potential employers range from traditional manufacturers and retailers to supply chain specialists like consulting firms and transportation service providers. Another SCM employment option is the $110 billion third party logistics (3PL) industry (http://www.3plogistics.com/3PLmarket.htm). “Working for a 3PL gives me extensive growth opportunities and broad exposure to various companies and facilities,” notes Exel manager Robert Karschner.
Finally, SCM positions are never boring and allow you to perform an extensive range of duties. “The thing I love most about my job is that no two days are the same. Every hour seems to bring about new challenges” says Scott Pixler, a recent graduate and current Eagle Global Logistics account manager. “Working in SCM has surpassed my expectations. I’ve been exposed to a wide variety of experiences and had great training opportunities.”