For those job hunters looking for a new career field in the coming year, perhaps you should consider an unconventional job choice: According to Fortune Magazine, many businesses next year intend to hire college graduates and those skilled in supply chain management.
Supply chain management is a part of all businesses and is often one of the most important facets of an organization as it not only ensures that business operations are timely and efficient, but also guarantees that business products reach clients on budget. Currently, there is a shortage of qualified supply chain managers because of the esoteric nature of the work and the "hard" and "soft" skills a good supply chain manager must possess, according to Tom Kozenski, a supply chain expert at RedPrairie.
Recently, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology released a white paper that affirms there is a shortage of supply chain manager at businesses throughout the U.S. because they must be proficient at "high-order diplomacy" and "able to thrive in ambiguity," among other necessary attributes. While the field is indeed challenging, there is a real need for workers in it: According to a survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, 48 percent of U.S. companies plan to hire logistics graduates in 2011.
There are many programs across the country at colleges that prepare students for work in supply chain management. One such program at Penn State University has become increasingly popular over the years as more people realize that supply chain management can be a challenging, but rewarding career choice. With U.S. job market starting to show some growth, it is a prudent decision to look into supply chain management.