August 4th, 2016
Experienced and Aspiring Supply Chain Professionals Wanted
It’s full speed ahead for supply chain professionals who are looking for jobs in 2016 and beyond
If integrating and optimizing the steps required to move products from the raw material stage right through to the final product entices you, then a career as a supply chain manager or logistics coordinator could be right up your alley. In high demand right now, these supply chain professionals fill one of the most important “links” in the global supply chains that keep the world’s goods moving in a streamlined and efficient manner.
What Do Supply Chain Managers Do?
Supply chain managers and logistics professionals help keep a wide array of organizations performing at optimal levels. Manufactures, for example, require a steady supply of raw materials, equipment, and parts to be able to produce their goods. For such firms, supply chain professionals help ensure that the right products are transported to the right locations and at the right times.
Distributors, hotels, hospitals, and many other types of organizations also rely on complex, integrated systems to keep their operations running. And retailers are expected to deliver orders both to their stores and to end users in a timely and accurate fashion. Supply chain professionals oversee all of these careful orchestrations on a day-to-day basis for their organizations.
High Demand and More Growth Ahead
According to Fortune’s Wanted: 1.4 million new supply chain workers by 2018, the U.S. logistics sector delivers 48 million tons of freight worth about $48 billion every day. The sector employs roughly 6 million people and is on track to increase to 7.4 million jobs (or, an increase of roughly 270,000 per year) by 2018, according to the Material Handling Institute (MHI).
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) also projects a positive outlook for job candidates who are seeking supply chain management positions. Employment for professionals who analyze and coordinate an organization’s supply chain—which the BLS refers to as “logisticians”—was projected to grow in the single digits between 2014 and 2024. Much of that growth is being driven by the need for logistics in the transportation of goods in a global economy.
“In supply chain and logistics we are still continuing to see a strong market for job seekers,” said Tisha Danehl, Ajilon’s vice president, in Supply Chain Quarterly’s While overall U.S. job growth weakens, demand for supply chain managers remains strong. “On the national and general level, it’s true that we didn’t add as many jobs as predicted. But if you look at the BLS predictions specifically for logistics jobs, those are still predicted to grow 22 percent.”
Prepping for a Successful Career
Because there is no organization that doesn’t require some form of logistics, transportation, and supply chain expertise, the job prospects for 2016 and beyond look bright for both experienced and up-and-coming professionals in this field. Ajilon, for example, is seeing particularly strong demand for individuals who have three to five years of experience and who possess strong math or data analysis skills and/or engineering and process improvement skills.
To explore the opportunities and educational requirements in supply chain, you can visit the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) and/or the Institute for Supply Management (ISM), both of which provide educational information, industry events, certification, and networking opportunities. CSCMP’s Starting Your Supply Chain Management Career page, for example, helps job candidates better understand the field and provides resources for kicking off a career in supply chain management.