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Supply Chain Management Reported to Be on Upswing as Career Choice

In the midst of a slow U.S. recovery, the prospects for expanding roles, widespread employment opportunities, and solid salary growth seems incomprehensible in most fields. Yet, this is the reality for today's supply chain professionals.

Peruse relevant industry reports and you will learn that supply chain management (SCM) is on an upward trajectory as a career field, according to Brian Gibson, professor of supply chain management at Auburn University:

"¢ SCM has become a strategic weapon as companies need the ability to buy, make, and move products anywhere, anytime. Today's chief supply chain officers oversee sourcing, manufacturing, and distribution, among other responsibilities, notes Kevin O'Marah.

"¢ SCM is cited as one of the hottest job areas by Fortune, the next big thing by Businessweek, and a top 50 career by US News and World Report.

This newfound respect is great news for supply chain professionals and advocates who have toiled in the shadows for decades. However, we must remember that the spotlight burns bright. Greater attention generates high expectations. Added responsibilities require stronger, broader skills. Higher salaries demand tangible return on that investment. And, success increases the potential for talent poaching.

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Peruse relevant industry reports and you will learn that supply chain management (SCM) is on an upward trajectory as a career field, according to Brian Gibson, professor of supply chain management at Auburn University:

"¢ SCM has become a strategic weapon as companies need the ability to buy, make, and move products anywhere, anytime. Today's chief supply chain officers oversee sourcing, manufacturing, and distribution, among other responsibilities, notes Kevin O'Marah.

"¢ SCM is cited as one of the hottest job areas by Fortune, the next big thing by Businessweek, and a top 50 career by US News and World Report.

This newfound respect is great news for supply chain professionals and advocates who have toiled in the shadows for decades. However, we must remember that the spotlight burns bright. Greater attention generates high expectations. Added responsibilities require stronger, broader skills. Higher salaries demand tangible return on that investment. And, success increases the potential for talent poaching.

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