Aaaa, we all remember career day at school. Where all the kids came to school dressed up as what they want to be when they grow up. Doctors, lawyers, farmers, vets, teachers and even pirates! These are all occupations we are exposed to on the telly and radio. Fast forward to a few years later where you have the world on your shoulders and must make the big decision, and decide what you going to do when finished school! When it comes down to choosing what career you want to go into often these are all we seem to know about.

Only after I completed my studies did I hear about an industry that you could study supply chain and logistics. Firstly, I had no idea what that was and had to do a bit of research. The main difference between logistics and supply chain management is that supply chain management is an integrating function, integrating all business functions and business processes within and across company boundaries. The supply chain, therefore, extends beyond a company’s borders to include supplier and customer relations, as well as other possible supply chain partners such as 3rd party logistics providers. Logistics forms part of the supply chain and coordinates and optimises all logistics activities within a company’s borders in order to satisfy customer requirements.

That is all great but what do I do with that? What are these careers called? What do I study? How much do I get paid? How long do I study for? Is there a demand in this career field?

What do supply chain professionals do?

  • Financial planner
  • Logistician
  • Supply Chain Analyst
  • Senior management
  • Warehousing
  • Transportation Manager
  • Inventory management
  • Purchasing
  • Marketing and Sales
  • Customer service
  • Consultants

These are just a few of the fields you can go into! This career field can branch so much that you are not confined to one area! And it comes with a nice salary as well.There is a huge demand in this field! Did you know that the global supply chain is a $26 trillion per year industry and it’s getting more complicated?! It has been estimated that between 2010-2020 that the number of available jobs in the supply chain will grow by 26%. Currently, the demand-to-supply ratio jobs to qualified individuals are six to one. This could increase nine to one in a few years’ time.

So yes, you are needed!