What Can I Do With A Degree In Supply Chain/Operations Management?

Production Operations Management provides a strategic plan to strengthen the operations of a company and assists in purchasing to provide high quality products and services. Supply Chain Management is very closely related and consists of areas in manufacturing operations, purchasing, transportation, and physical distribution.

The University of Akron offers Bachelor of Science in Management with a major in Supply Chain/Operations Management, as well as a Master’s of Science Degree in Management with a concentration in Supply Chain Management. For more information, please visit the College of Business Administration’s Department of Management homepage.

Production Operations Management

Responsible for planning and controlling the following areas in order for the company to run successfully; quality management and control; capacity planning; process choices; materials management; purchasing; and scheduling

Areas of Specialization
  • Forecasting
  • Productions Manager
  • Quality Control
  • Traffic Manager
  • Materials Manager
  • Purchaser
  • Inventory Planner
  • Manufacturer Representative

Supply Chain Management

Deals with the critical challenges related to environmental impact by engendering an earth-to-earth supply chain focus. It consists of areas in manufacturing operations, purchasing, transportation and physical distribution.

Areas of Specialization
  • Dispatching
  • Materials Recording
  • Wholesale Sales Manager
  • Consultants
  • Distribution
  • Supply Chain Manager
  • Purchasing Managers
  • Management Analysts

Required Skills

Areas of Specialization
  • Scheduling
  • Time management
  • Organization
  • Customer focus
  • Negotiation
  • Teamwork
  • Computer skills
  • Excellent communication

Companies that Hire

  • Industrial Machinery and Equipment
  • Electronic and Electrical Equipment
  • Instruments and Related Products
  • Healthcare
  • Transportation Equipment
  • Fabricated Metal Products
  • Government Agencies
  • Insurance

Professional Organizations

Job and Earning Outlook

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment of industrial production managers is expected to grow more slowly than average for all occupations through 2010, although the employment of administrative services and facility managers is expected to grow as fast as the average for all occupations.

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, beginning salary offers in Spring 2007 averaged $45,637 annually for bachelor’s degree recipients supply chain management.

Sample Resume

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