CAREER PATHWAYS AND OPPORTUNITIES

As the connections between world markets continue to grow stronger, and companies large and small seek to utilize these connections, so too does the demand for skilled supply chain management professionals.

Because the supply chain management industry integrates different abilities and functions across the business process, supply chain management and logistics professionals can be found in a wide array of organizations, and under a variety of job titles. Here are just a few of the types of business and career opportunities available in the industry:

Businesses that hire supply chain management professionals:

  • Manufacturing and Production Companies
  • Transportation Companies (ex. land, sea, rail, and air transportation providers)
  • Retailers
  • Distributors and Wholesalers
  • Consulting Firms
  • Third-Party Logistics (3PL) Firms (often are departments within larger freight-forwarding and delivery companies)
  • Supply Chain Services Firms
  • Universities and other Educational Institutions
  • Government and Non- Profit Agencies

Some example job titles of supply chain management professionals:

  • Purchasing Manager
  • Logistician
  • Procurement Clerk
  • Cargo and Freight Agent
  • Shipping/Receiving Clerk
  • Rail Transportation Worker/Operator
  • Truck Driver
  • Packer/Packager
  • Import/Export Agent
  • Supply Chain Planner/Analyst
  • Inventory Manager

And many more!

Important Skills and Educational Opportunities

A career in supply chain management has no clear path; opportunities are available for everyone from entry-level/semi-skilled workers to executives with graduate degrees. As such, educational requirements for different positions vary, and there are no standard requirements for advancement. However, most careers in supply chain management do require a few basic skills:

  • Analytical skills
  • Communication skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Flexibility and multi-tasking ability
  • Broad background/general knowledge of the business process

There are many opportunities for degrees and training in supply chain management and related subject areas within the industry throughout the region. Please click on the “Training” tab at the top of the page for information about various schools and program offerings.

Washington Marketing Information

  • Air
  • Rail
  • Cargo Shipping
  • Land
  • Sea
  • Department of Labor Transportation Report
  • Washington State Exports
  • International Trade and Small Businesses
  • Supply Chain Management Careers Handbook