There are some pretty challenging statistics in the way of supply chain growth into the future. The amount of available jobs is going up while the workforce is in a way shrinking. Lori Smith compares numbers in a blog post at The 21st Century Supply Chain.
Plus and Minus
Available supply chain jobs are estimated to increase 25 percent by 2015, whereas 25 percent of the workforce is expected to retire then as well. Less than 20 percent of the current workforce has the skills needed for the job, and there are not enough academic programs which properly endow those skills. Supply chains need to start attracting millenials fast if they want to fill the multitude of vacant positions. Millenials expect flatter organizations, with career mobility, flexibility, and sense of culture. You have to convince them that they will find supply chain work rewarding.
Smith however also believes that women in general are a big untapped resource. They are becoming increasingly prominent in supply chains, and as more women become aware of what supply chain careers can offer, they are sure to find it enticing. You can read Smith’s full post here: http://blog.kinaxis.com/2014/06/future-supply-chain-workforce-can-supply-chain-organizations-balance-demand-supply/