Friday, October 14, 2005

Help Wanted: Supply Chain Professionals

"We are seeing the highest demand for college graduates for entry-level logistics and supply chain positions in over ten years. But there are more job openings currently available than qualified candidates to fill them." This statement was recently issued by the the president of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP). I know I've covered this topic in the past in my blog, but this statistic is quite a wake up call. When I graduated in 1996, I heard the same thing about job opportunities in web site design and in Java programming, so I made sure I took these classes and landed a job right out of college. But the demand was well known. My question is, do students actually know about opportunities in the supply chain profession? Probably not, since only a handful of universities, such as Michigan State, Penn State, MIT and Arizona State offer classes and degrees, including online college courses. But the hype just isn't out there.

According to a webpage for the WP Carey School of Business at Arizona State, students graduating with a Bachelors degree in supply chain management can expect a starting salary between $35,000 - $55,000. Not bad, when you compare that to a survey by APICS, a manufacturing-oriented association, that surveyed 3,485 supply-chain members at U.S. companies who said on average they are getting $101,500 in salaries and bonuses. Not a bad living.

Want more proof? I just did a search on the job site and more than 1000 postings came up, including these:

- Vice President, Supply Chain - San Francisco - $175,000 - $250,000
- Director, Supply Chain Operations - San Antonio - $80,000 - $90,000
- Director, Supply Chain, - New York City - $120,000 - $130,000
- Supply Chain Coordinator - Blue Bell, PA - $40,000 - $50,000

As an industry we need to get the word out that this is a career path that can be very lucrative.


George Miller said...

Very impressive! BTW, do you wear those goggles while you blog? I may have to try that!

Michael R Johnston said...

Chris ... nice Blog! I was referred to it internally from within the SCLP.
btw... I have an MBA with my concentration in Supply Chain Management, from North Carolina State University. They have only granted MBA since 2002, but their most sought after concentration is SCM ... with 100% placement among students permitted to work in the USA. Keep up the good work ... we need to spread the SCM word.

Anonymous said...

Hi Chris. I'm considering a career change from marketing with the aim of getting into logistics. From what I've read on the Web, what you wrote in 05 still holds true today; and it's such an exciting profession I can;t wait to get my hands dirty!

Christopher Sciacca said...

Thanks Russel. Best of luck. Check back soon once you start your new career and let us know how it goes.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Chris. It could be a year down the line before I get back to you (I intend taking the Global Logistics Specialist Online certification course at Cal State Uni, Long Beach) but hey, I have your blog bookmarked