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Why Study Operations and Supply Chain Management?

Man writes Supply Chain on board

An OSCM degree provides graduates with the skills and understanding to enable them to function as, for example, Supply Chain Managers, Production Planners, Operations Managers, Quality Managers, Project Managers, Procurement Managers, Business Analysts and Management Consultants. Many graduates can expect promotion to senior management levels over the course of their careers. Employment in the OSCM area is projected to grow 22 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average. 

Presently, OSCM graduates enjoy the highest average starting salaries of all majors in the College of Business. In their 2012 survey, College.com lists the average starting salary for OSCM degree graduates as $49,400. According to Logistics Management, mid-career salaries averaged $90,000 in 2010 and OSCM professionals with a graduate degree, such as an MBA, averaged $130,000.

OSCM may be right for you if you have the right stuff, including…

  • Attention to detail
  • Analysis of situations in a structured and logical manner
  • Making informed decisions based on objective data
  • Adaptability and flexibility (open to change and willingness to adjust to changing constraints)
  • Self-confidence
  • Taking personal responsibility, being accountable, and
  • Leadership (i.e. the ability to influence, inspire and motivate others)

“Amateurs think about tactics, but professionals think about logistics.”

  -   Gen Robert H. Barrow, USMC