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So Many Promising Supply Chain Management Jobs, So Little Time

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Supply chain management jobs are an excellent opportunity to fulfill your career goals. Careers in supply chain managment, or SC, are vast and cover a wide range of industries. If you are trying to figure out where you want to begin your career, or you want to change career paths, this information is for you. As we explore various SC management jobs we will look at the qualifications you need, salary expectations, what you will actually do in the role and finally what you should do now. 

Qualifications

The specific qualifications depend on the industry that you are looking to work in. That being said, however, there are some common themes regarding what is required in the field. For example, most organizations require you to have at least a bachelor's degree from a respected school [2].  Another example what what is typically required is to have experience in a management or supervisory role [3]. If you do not have any management experience you can look at junior SC roles where previous roles in the same industry, but not in management, will suffice.  

Something else to consider, in regards to qualifications, is that of technical and certification courses. Although not always required, they are offer a great way to open a door into a SC career. Courses of this nature help to build your credentials and, in most cases, gain practical experience along with industry contacts. Most schools simply call this program the "Supply Chain Management Program"[4].  

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Salary

As in any profession the salary levels will vary. The largest determining factors of compensation are your level of experience and scope of responsibility. That being said, the type of industry that you are working in and whether your role is oriented towards operational or strategic objectives will also come into play. 

The actual range of salaries for someone in this career path is from $51,000 to $110,000 per year, based on United States job statistics [5]. The median salary is $81,187 [5], which puts this career path on the high end of the pay scale relative to other careers.

What You Actually Do

SC managers are involved in almost every aspect of a business. If you were to be in this type of role you would likely be involved in planning, purchasing, production, transportation, storage, distribution and even customer service [1]. Essentially, a role of this nature is very dynamic and filled with variety. In this role, because you are involved in so manny areas of the business, you are a key part of the business, making your work meaningful and job satisfaction high.

Not only will you be involved in various aspects of the business but you also have a wide range of SC management job types to consider. Some jobs have a high level of hands-on focus. In these jobs you are in a plant or distribution centre and are dealing with product, processes and employees hands-on. Other SC jobs require that you be an office setting focused on strategic planning and analysis [1]. The type of job for you depends on your preferences for level of hands on involvement, daily activities and location.

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What You Should Do Now

So, after learning about this field you are interested in finding out more about it. What I recommend is to begin by looking through your network to see if there is anyone who has a supply chain management job. If there is, ask to speak with them. Almost anyone is excited to talk about what they do so you should have no problem getting their commitment for a meeting. If you do not have anyone who you know personally, check your Linked In account for second level connections and ask to be introduced.

I recommend speaking with someone in the field for two reasons. First, you want to ensure that you have a clear understanding of what the career path actually looks like. Secondly, the best way to find a job is to know someone in the field. Speaking with someone you know, or getting to know someone you do not yet know will go a long way towards success in the field. Most importantly, have fun.

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  5. "Supply Chain Management." Humber College. 26/08/2014 <Web >
  6. "Supply Chain Manager Salary." payscale.com. 26/08/2014 <Web >

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