Supply Chain Managers

Supply Chain Managers in Warehouse

Supply chain managers coordinate and manage the production, transportation, and delivery of goods and products. They oversee inventory control, purchasing, and product development. They analyze the production process and make recommendations to improve the efficiency of the workflow and quality of the products while cutting costs. They make sure there are sufficient materials and supplies on hand for production and that there is sufficient inventory to meet customers' demands.

Supply chain managers may have titles such as industrial production managers, distribution managers, or logisticians, depending on the company. The Department of Labor reports that there were 169,390 industrial production managers, 109,210 transportation, storage, and distribution managers, and 133,770 logisticians employed in the United States in May 2015.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Distribution Managers, Industrial Production Managers, Logisticians
Duties Coordinate and manage companies' supply chains; oversee logistics, production, transportation, shipping, distribution, and warehousing of products; analyze production process and make recommendations for improvements
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions; the states with the highest employment of transportation, storage, and distribution managers are California, Texas, Illinois, Ohio, and New Jersey
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Economics
  • Mathematics
Experience At least five years experience
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Organized
  • Problem-Solving
  • Business Management
  • Interpersonal
  • Organizational
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Supply Chain Department Head
  • Supply Chain Manager
  • Assistant Supply Chain Manager
  • Intern