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Supply Chain Manager Rated Top Job

Supply Chain Manager Rated Top Job

By APICS CEO Abe Eshkenazi, CSCP, CPA, CAE | February 19, 2015

What do sales engineers, software engineers, database administrators, and supply chain managers have in common? According to online career community Glassdoor, these are among the 25 best-paying high-demand jobs.

According to the site, the average base salary for supply chain managers in the United States is $106, 632, and there are 1,667 openings right now. This is all very good news amid reports that economic growth in the fourth quarter of 2014 was slower than initially reported.

Still, the economic outlook remains positive. According to Forbes, employers added 257,000 jobs in January, which continues the trend of strong employment numbers. In addition, wage increases and a higher employment-population ratio are contributing to the positive economic outlook. 

Forbes quotes Tara Sinclair, an economics professor at George Washington University and chief economist at job search site Indeed.com: “Employers are creating jobs. Workers are finding jobs, and people are coming back into the labor force to look for jobs. This is what we would like to see month over month.” 

Michael Arone, an investment strategist for State Street Global Advisors, noted another good sign is that job gains have been across a variety of sectors in recent months. “In January, jobs were added in retail trade, construction, health care, financial activities, and manufacturing, with half the gains coming from the three biggest gainers,” Samantha Sharf writes. “The biggest hiring industry was retail trade with 46,000 jobs added, next were construction and health care, with 39,000 and 38,000 jobs added, respectively. Employment in industries such as mining and logging, wholesale trade, transportation and warehousing, information, and government [saw] little change over the month.”

Planning for the future             

Consider the scope of operations management as it is defined by the APICS Operations Management Body of Knowledge Framework: “Operations management focuses on the systematic direction of the processes involved in the sourcing, production, and delivery of products and services. It calls for a holistic or systems view of the processes with major impact on the costs required to operate a firm. It assumes that many technical aspects of operation, particularly details related to engineering, are handled by specialists. Operations management concepts apply to the complete chain of activities in the production and delivery of products and services, including those that cross commercial and geographic boundaries. These concepts also are applicable to non-operations fields such as marketing, finance, and information technology, although this is not the primary focus on this document.”

APICS is working on a variety of efforts, including research and faculty outreach, to inform the public about the benefits of supply chain and operations management careers. Additionally, APICS membership is free to students, enabling those interested in working in supply chain or operations management to access APICS member benefits.  However, the most valuable information comes from professionals in the industry. How are you reaching out to the supply chain and operations management professionals of the future?

See original article here.