Business students cash in on supply chain management
The law of supply and demand has caught up with the field of supply chain management. For business majors at UA, that means more career choices and higher pay.
Supply chain managers choreograph the complex dance that puts a gem on your finger, a jar of jelly in your pantry or a car in your driveway. They do everything from sourcing raw materials to inventorying parts to warehousing finished products and shipping them to the point of sale.
As companies look for every cost-saving efficiency in order to compete, demand for supply chain talent is soaring, according to both industry and government. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 22 percent growth in supply chain jobs from 2012 to 2022.
The field's rapid growth is reflected in the number of undergraduate majors in the College of Business Administration's nine-year-old supply chain/operations management program, which has nearly doubled since 2012, to 102 students. Additionally, the college this fall began offering a new graduate-level management degree with a supply chain focus. Full story online.
(Pictured above are the members of the UA team of supply chain/operations management majors that took first place in the Mid-Atlantic District Student Case Competition in February. That win earned the team a trip to the International Student Team Competition in New Orleans last weekend. From left to right are Annie Nelson, Courtney Ou, Patti Bailey Roach, Christopher Cesta, Mark (Xiao) Sun,Nicholas Waggoner and Dr. Jeong Hoon Choi, faculty advisor.)