Supply chain degrees creating new class of talent

Jobs in the supply chain were once only open to individuals who had previous experience in the profession. It wasn't exactly something that could be studied or understood without first being fully immersed in it. More and more, however, that notion is changing, much like the supply chain itself is shifting. As such, more talent is coming out of higher education avenues, which have boosted their educational offerings by creating degrees specifically designed to ready students for careers in supply chain management. With the new pipeline growing popular among businesses, supply chain recruiters are helping more firms attract fresh-faced talent.

Texas schools latest to create supply chain degrees
Supply chain management degrees have previously been a focus for prestigious, business-oriented schools, but other colleges and universities are developing curricula.

One such example is the University of Texas at Dallas, which recently announced its Naveen Jindal School of Management introduced a bachelors of science degrees in supply chain management (SCM). UT-Dallas said job growth in the profession was a major factor leading to the creation of the undergraduate BS program. The university stated U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics findings suggest demand for jobs in the SCM field is expected to grow 26 percent between 2010 and 2020.

UT-Dallas is only the latest to introduce such a degree, a statistic it cited from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business said SCM programs have increased 25 percent since 2006.

Universities aren't only grooming undergraduates to become supply chain professionals. Texas Christian University (TCU) announced its Neeley School of Business would begin offering a masters of Science in SCM.

"Companies have told us that they want advanced education options in supply chain – especially since a degree in supply chain management didn't exist 10 years ago," said Dr. Morgan Swink, executive director of the Supply and Value Chain Center at TCU. "Supply chain management evolved out of an affiliation between purchasing, logistics and manufacturing into an integrated, multicultural, cross-functional discipline."

Businesses should realize there is a growing number of avenues for finding supply chain talent , specifically SCM degree-holders. To cope with the changing landscape of talent acquisition, firms can work with supply chain recruiters to find the most ready workers straight out of school.

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