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Wanted: 1.4 Million New Supply Chain Workers by 2018

“There are currently six to eight management jobs available for each applicant we get, and the median salary is about $80,000.” That is a quote from George Prest, CEO of Material Handling Industry, in a Fortune article by Anne Fisher. It begs the question—where the heck are the workers, and why aren’t they applying in droves?

How a Simple Stigma Stifles Supply

As absurd as it sounds, the main reason why applicants are not coming is because they are still under the impression that the job just entails moving boxes in a dark cement warehouse. Roughly 270,000 new jobs per year will need to be filled through 2018, and the demand is not being met due entirely to a public image problem. This has been going on for roughly eight to nine years with no end in sight. Not even social media is really capable of conveying how much there is to see and do in supply chain.

The only surefire solution has been going to college campuses and actively engaging students with the excitement of what a supply chain really is, but there are only so many campuses you can hit. The other, more long-term solution that Fisher offers is for supply chains to start looking at how people from other industries can fit into their business models. The bottom line is that supply chains are hungry for workers, and if you have skills, a supply chain will find a place for you—guaranteed. You can read Fisher’s full article here: http://management.fortune.cnn.com/2014/05/01/supply-chain-jobs/

About John Friscia

John Friscia is the Editor of Computer Aid's Accelerating IT Success. He began working for Computer Aid, Inc. in 2013 and continues to provide graphic design support for AITS. He graduated summa cum laude from Shippensburg University with a B.A. in English.

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