Although supply chain management (SCM) has not historically been a popular specialization for business students, colleges have recently seen heightened interest in this subject. SCM involves getting the right products to consumers at the right time, including every aspect from the acquisition of parts to delivery.
According to Texas A&M's Mays Business School, students who study SCM typically hold job titles such as supply/demand planner, procurement manager, supply chain strategist and vendor relations manager. In these positions, individuals can find job satisfaction, global opportunities and high salaries.
For these reasons, Bloomberg BusinessWeek reports that there has been increased interest in SCM degrees. In fact, since 2006, the number of undergraduate SCM programs has risen by 25%.
Students who want to land a job in this growing sector will find that many colleges across the country now offer an undergraduate degree in SCM. For example, at Michigan State University, students can earn a bachelor's degree in SCM. This program was recently ranked number one in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, while the school's SCM graduate program was rated number two in March.
For working professionals who want to quickly and conveniently advance their skills, Michigan State also offers non-degree master and advanced master certificates in subjects like logistics, operations and integrated supply chain management. These programs are available entirely online to better suit the needs of full-time employees and busy professionals.
By Catherine Groux at usnewsuniversitydirectory.com