Wow, the Harvard Business Review (Delgado & Mills) called this right 5 years ago in 2018 (pre covid), well done. Why are supply chain industries the source of so many high-paying jobs and so much innovation?

Degree program fuels supply chain and logistics industry’s workforce of the future: “Its bachelor’s degree gives students the chance to boost their average annual pay in the field to $87,280, compared with $49,689 for a high school graduate.”

A Look at the U.S. Supply Chain Economy: “It’s worth noting that supply chain traded services have the highest wages in the supply chain economy, averaging at $80,800 annually — 3 times higher than traditional “service” jobs.”

The supply chain economy: A new industry categorization for understanding innovation in services (Delgado & Mills):

In 2020–2021, SCM was the 89th most popular major nationwide with 10,986 degrees awarded. Top Degrees in demand, current data (2023) from NACE:

Great time to be a supply chain student. Deloitte expects U.S. manufacturers to have 2.1M unfilled jobs by 2030, & the BLS is projecting that logistics employment will grow by 7% annually through 2026.

“The number of US job postings for supply chain managers on LinkedIn more than doubled between 2019 & 2022, according to data shared w/ the Financial Times.”

The U.S. supply chain accounts for 37% of all domestic jobs, according to the Harvard Business Review.
Nice SCM salary report summary:

Is a graduate certificate in supply chain management right for me?

The WMU Supply Chain Graduate Certificate program is now up and accepting students. Information can be found here: Certificate Programs Pay Off?New research provides a look at the labor market success of students who enroll in certificate

When viewing this link…Note, that this program has a live “Apply Now” link. The 15-credit hour Supply Chain Graduate Certificate can be earned on its own as a non-degree certificate, or in conjunction with an MBA from the Haworth College of Business, with the certificate credits counting toward an MBA degree.

Is a graduate certificate in supply chain management right for me? WMU Graduate Certificate Program in Supply Chain Management, details:

Organizations are seeking solutions to global supply chain challenges and risks that require expert tools. As a professional, you can develop your supply chain and strategic decision-making acumen with a graduate certificate in supply chain management. You’ll elevate your expertise in strategic sourcing, transportation management, processes, and data analytics to improve decision making.

Princeton Review names WMU a ‘best business school’ for an MBA:

Industry Certifications & Associations for Various Business Majors (for exhaustive list):

Top SCM certifications:

Free: All Combined Links and Supply Chain Salary Reports

The 8 Biggest Mistakes People Make With Their LinkedIn Profile And How To Avoid Them: Students looking for internships/jobs: I actually have employers tell me they will NOT consider a student if they do NOT have a strong professional LinkedIn presence…How to effectively join LinkedIn. LinkedIn is a Top 20 global website (1.6B visits/month):

LinkedIn Learning with job interview tips for Project Managers. Everything in the course is directly applicable to SCM interviews.

Should you get creative with your resume? Experts decide whether you’re more likely to land your dream job:

New to the job market? These 5 ‘soft’ skills could give young workers an edge, according to LinkedIn:

A SKILLS first job market (not degree?)? Hmm. That makes the Skills section of your resume and LI profile a little more important.

A nice resume guide from MIT. Pasted below are links from Yale, Harvard, & ours (WMU, 112 pages). Should college grads negotiate a job offer (i.e., a higher starting salary)? Yes, but only if you know how to negotiate. See:

Demonstrating self-awareness during an interview is huge. I tell my students to always answer the “what is your weakness” question in the context of having a strategy to fix it (explain what you have done about it, actual RESULTS). For example:

ASCM/APICS now has a Supply Chain Technology Certificate, $495, 20 hrs of online training (hmm). Topics covered:

ASCM/APICS now has a Supply Chain Technology Certificate, $495, 20 hrs of online training (hmm). Topics covered: Blockchain, Adv Analytics & Automation, Internet of Things, Cybersecurity, Demand Planning Technologies, & Additive Mfg (3D Printing). This covers a LOT of ground in 20 hrs.

For example, see their Adv Analytics & Automation…Objectives:
1. Define adv analytics & automation.
2. Compare & contrast descriptive, diagnostic, predictive, prescriptive, & cognitive analytics.
3. Explain the process of data mining & challenges the process can present to a company.
4. Discuss data storage options & cloud computing security concerns.
5. Describe how AI & ML are used in SCM.
6. List some of the skills employees need to work w/ adv analytics & automation.

Our Supply Chain students minor in Data Analytics by learning:
1. Advanced Excel (power query & pivot) & macros;
2. Data visualization (Tableau, Power BI & python w/ seaborn & matplotlib);
3. Data mining/RapidMiner, machine learning & data science;
4. Python & Jupyter notebook (data analytics & statistical libraries such as pandas, numpy);
5. Relational data models (Excel data model);
6. Graphic & statistical libraries (Seaborn, Matplotlib, Pandas, & Plotly).

These analytics skill sets require our SCM students to take an additional 4 classes (so > 400 hrs of class & study time). Also, we teach it face to face because they learn this stuff best via hand holding (not online as we learned during the covid era). Note, the lack of interactivity & support at Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) usually causes a super low retention rate (9% — 16%).

I hope the ASCM certificate addresses that many hiring managers do not have a full understanding of the AI skill sets associated w/ a data analytics education. Our SCM students told us many times that their hiring managers valued only the traditional Excel capabilities (lookup functions, pivot tables, etc. — that is NOT AI), & they greatly overlooked the opportunities from other analytical solutions (skill sets that our students & many employees have). This makes it a bit difficult to sell the analytical techniques that go beyond super advanced Excel, which would be our CIS 2640 class (Excel on steroids) — Applied Analytics Foundations.

For example, our data mining class is essentially a machine learning class for business, which is the core of AI. The course is designed to solve the problems that Excel falls short on. Hopefully we do a better job of training our students to “sell” the AI skills & managers (SCM Leaders) become more open to embracing the benefits (which might require a culture change). I hope this ASCM cert helps close that gap.

Note, I do not see Python in the ASCM cert. Is Python a must-have skill in the supply chain? How much Python? &

Tips/advice from this college professor (aka, educated idiot):
1. Read. People that read a lot make more $ (2.3 times more?!)
2. Learn the job saving technology. &

3. Learn to interview well. and
How to prep for virtual career fairs:
Being job ready…
4. Learn to negotiate ($). and
5. Learn to network & use LinkedIn. & &

6. Delay graduation for experience.
7. Learn to problem solve — &

8. Double Major? &

9. Get a grad degree? Earn $3M more than someone w/ only a bachelor’s degree. &

10. Job rotations?
11. 10 college majors that earn the most money: &
12. Free tool for calculating degree ROI: &

13. Get certified as a subject matter expert: &

14. Learn to talk CFO talk:

Recent observations & career advice (videos/podcasts):

What is SCM?…

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