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According to the U.S. Department of labor, employment for careers in operations and supply chain management is expected to grow about as fast the average for all occupations through 2014. More exciting, however, U.S. News & World Report, in its Best Jobs of the Future issue, lists supply chain management as one of 20 hot job tracks for the 21st century. Salaries for supply management professionals with 1-2 years of experience averaged $65,843 according to the Institute for Supply Management 2006 salary survey. Growth in supply chain management is expected to continue well into the 21st century.
A major in global supply chain management will prepare you for a variety of career opportunities in logistics, warehousing management, transportation management, operations and production management, purchasing, inventory control, and customer relationship management, to name a few. Our program will place you in a position to pursue other professional certifications, such as CSCP (Certified Supply Chain Professional), CPIM (Certified in Production and Inventory Control), CIRM (Certified in Resource Management), and CPSM (Certified Professional in Supply Management). Since GSCM is cross disciplinary and has a significant business component, students can easily declare a second major or a minor with few only a few additional required courses.
How would you like to experience your future as part of your program? Well, as a GSCM major, you will. A significant aspect of the Global Supply Chain Management major is a required internship with an organization in the supply chain field. Students have interned with some well known companies, including Bombardier, NorthEast Printing and Distribution, and Fastenal. As the program grows, we will be anticipating internships with Federal Express, UPS, and hosts of other dominant companies in the supply chain arena.
Student organizations play a significant role in our students lives and the GSCM program has one of the best through our student chapter of APICS, the Association for Operations Management. Through this industry association, students have access to monthly development meetings, internship and career opportunities by networking with practitioners in the field, student case competitions, international conferences, internationally recognized an acclaimed certification material, and an expanded knowledge base in supply chain management. The relationships fostered through APICS will last a lifetime.
In addition to being the only campus in the SUNY system with a GSCM major, we are also the only one partnering with the SAP University Alliance. We utilize the SAP enterprise resource planning software, a package valued at over $1.5 million dollars by industry, to give students exposure and a significant working knowledge of the package. More than 38,000 organizations worldwide run SAP, in over 120 countries and in more than 25 industries. In our GSCM program, students will gain significant exposure to this pervasive software package and will gain a significant competitive advantage in the job market. According to Heather Czech, Director of the SAP University Alliance in the Americas, a recent survey by an alliance member indicated the starting salary of college graduates increases $5,000 for students with SAP experience.
The GSCM faculty works closely with students in an effort to enhance their educational experiences. With our small class sizes (average is 15-20) students are afforded the opportunity to meet their academic and career goals with one-on-one attention. From the beginning of the program, students are paired with a faculty member who will mentor them through their journey at SUNY Plattsburgh and into their careers.
For more information about global supply chain management at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact
Dr. Kevin O'Neill
Office: SBE/CS Room 330
Phone: (518) 564-4188