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Why Women Should Consider a Career in Supply Chain Management


Women Receive Warm Welcome in Supply Chain

Industry leaders are encouraging women to consider careers in supply chain management as the competition for qualified talent heats up. While men have generally held jobs in the sector, women are finding themselves welcome with companies seeking highly trained logistics professionals who can meet the demands of global economies. Women in supply chain offer collaboration, problem solving, and creative skills, which can help companies and government agencies gain strategic advantages.

Quite simply, the ability to get goods and resources to a customer on time at minimal cost is the foundation of supply chain. UWF’s online MBA program with an emphasis in supply chain logistics management teaches students how to increase customer satisfaction by working with suppliers and others using analytical and strategic skills.

Reasons Why Supply Chain Management Is a Good Career Path for Women

Supply chain management is a solid career for women because it is a growing industry that pays well and provides extensive leadership opportunities. For example, a logistician ensures materials and other resources arrive at their destinations quickly. According to a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Dec. 17, 2015 report, the median annual wage for logisticians was $73,870 in May 2014. That same year logisticians worked in 130,400 jobs, primarily in manufacturing, the federal government, professional services, wholesale trade and management, according to BLS data. Most logisticians are employed in the federal government and manufacturing.

Outlook for Jobs

Numerous supply chain management job opportunities are available in the U.S. and in Canada. In fact, Canada’s Women in Supply Chain Initiative ("WISC") is raising awareness about supply chain management and advocating for women in supply chain. According to the Women in Supply Chain webpage, “From 2012 — 2017, it is anticipated that there will be an additional 65,979 new and vacant supply chain positions/year for the next five years equaling a total of 356,747 positions.”

Supply Chain Skills Are Transferable

Supply chain skills are also transferable to other professions. According to WISC’s webpage, some transferable skills for supply chain professionals include

  • Languages
  • Mechanical knowledge
  • Familiarity with laws and regulations
  • Financial planning
  • Forecasting
  • Workflow optimization

Online MBA Program in Supply Chain Management

Professionals with extensive experience have numerous options to advance their careers through an online MBA program, which provides emphases such as supply chain logistics management. Students can take their courses online, and the program will equip them to help a global business succeed amid economic and regulatory requirements. Furthermore, students will learn the leadership, group problem solving and strategic business processes essential to meeting the demands of the logistics industry.

Learn more about the UWF online MBA in Supply Chain program.


Sources:

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Logisticians, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/logisticians.htm.

Women in Supply Chain, “Why a Career in Supply Chain Management?”

About.com, “Supply Chain Management Introduction,” Oct. 4, 2015.

U.S. News & World Report Money, Job Profile: Logistician.


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