Undergraduate Business Programs

Operations and Supply Chain Management

Operations Management Career Opportunities

All firms have processes, suppliers, and customers, so career opportunities for operations and supply chain professionals exist in every sector of the economy. Services firms in areas such as healthcare, information technology, and event/hospitality management (sports, arts, hotels, and restaurants), need planning, scheduling, and coordination just as much as producers of cars or home appliances! There are also opportunities with local/state/national government, non-profit organizations, consultants, and specialist firms that handle operations and supply chain work outsourced from other firms. See, for example, APICS Careers or SCMTalent for further information about career opportunities and paths.

Career Outlook

According to Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics, 200,000 jobs in supply chain management in the U.S. will go unfilled each year through 2018 due to lack of talent. Salary.com shows that the median annual Supply Chain Analyst salary is $74,803, as of March 29, 2018.

Students studying Operations and Supply Chain Management have a wide range of career opportunities in diverse industries. (The vast majority do not work in manufacturing.) Typical positions include supply chain specialist, supply chain analyst, operations manager, procurement specialist, healthcare operations manager, etc. Students landed in companies in pharmaceutical, retail, logistics, consumer goods, among many other industries.

Common Job Titles for Operations and Supply Chain Management Graduates

  • Supply Chain Specialist/Manager/Analyst
  • Operations Team Leader/Operations Manager/Operations Analyst
  • Procurement Specialist/Buyer/Purchasing Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Logistics Manager

Companies with supply chain management career opportunities

  • Aramark
  • Estee Lauder
  • SAP
  • UPS
  • L’Oreal
  • Amazon
  • Comcast

Co-Op Landings

  • PJM
  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Job Landings

Graduates of the Operations and Supply Chain Management program found jobs at the following companies:

  • United Parcel Service
  • PJM
  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • SPS Technologies

Professional Organizations

Management orientation with non-academic continuing education opportunities:

  • APICS (American Production and Inventory Control Society)
  • ISM (Institute for Supply Management)
  • CSCMP (Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals)

Academic and industry research orientation:

  • INFORMS (Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences)
  • POMS (Production and Operations Management Society)

Continuing Education Opportunities

The management-oriented organizations listed above offer certifications for specialization on topics within operations and supply chain management. These certifications are well-regarded complements to an academic degree and can facilitate career advancement. Operations and supply chain management professional frequently also pursue Six Sigma training: see, for example, IASSC or ASQ.

Students who want to develop advanced skills may consider graduate studies. Drexel offers the MS in Supply Chain Management and Logistics. Doctoral studies can lead to a career working on the most challenging technical problems, such as routing UPS trucks or coordinating production levels across a global corporation.