Due to the lack of certain supplies caused by COVID-19, the public has never been more aware of the importance of supply chain management –the management of the flow of goods and services.  Right now, things are more challenging in this industry than ever before.

A brief review of the challenges currently requiring action are as follows:

  • Airlines must make big adjustments – often changing passenger planes to cargo planes but they don’t have enough ground personnel for loading and unloading which causes schedule delays and backups.
  • Airports which typically cater more to passengers are not designed to handle this much cargo and they are overloaded so consignees are complaining and will ship through other airports
  • Airlines must make big adjustments – often changing passenger planes to cargo planes but they don’t have enough ground personnel for loading and unloading which causes schedule delays and backups.
  • Airports which typically cater more to passengers are not designed to handle this much cargo and they are overloaded so consignees are complaining and will ship through other airports
  • Airlines must make big adjustments – often changing passenger planes to cargo planes but they don’t have enough ground personnel for loading and unloading which causes schedule delays and backups.
  • Airports which typically cater more to passengers are not designed to handle this much cargo and they are overloaded so consignees are complaining and will ship through other airports
  • Airlines must make big adjustments – often changing passenger planes to cargo planes but they don’t have enough ground personnel for loading and unloading which causes schedule delays and backups.
  • Airports which typically cater more to passengers are not designed to handle this much cargo and they are overloaded so consignees are complaining and will ship through other airports

It’s the Right Job at the Right Time

At the present time, for every applicant there are approximately 6 jobs. Most due to the number of retirees in the industry. But also due to the new technologies and burgeoning e-commerce market.
 

Vaughn College is preparing students for this unique period of time, and changing marketplace by offering career path kinds of training jobs. The jobs know no boundaries for the applicants, whether they are women and/or minorities. The common knowledge at one time was that the field of Supply Chain management was a male domain; but that is no longer the case. 

Another current phenomenon to ponder is this; graduate schools teach that the best time for a new enterprise to enter a market is during poor economies. That rule may be also true for students looking to build a career.

Vaughn College’s Supply Chain Management programs encompass training for cargo operations in the air, truck and ocean container transport modes, as well as distribution operations. Jobs across transport modes working for shippers, carriers, and receivers of cargo include: Operations in shipping and receiving, Purchasing, Sales, and Account Management. Students may also prepare for careers as Project Managers and Quality Managers.

According to the Association for Supply Chain Management’s 2020 Supply Chain Salary and Career Report*, 88% of Supply Chain personnel said they feel positively about their careers, and the vast majority (85%) would recommend supply chain as a career path to others. Supply chain professionals with a bachelor’s degree reported a median salary of $78,750, and those with an Associate’s degree reported a median salary of $67,000 — both much higher than the national averages.

Moreover, 91% of respondents received some form of additional cash compensation, such as bonuses or profit sharing. The average raise received by supply chain professionals in 2019 was 4.7% — 1.2% higher than the national average. Notably, 18% of survey respondents reported receiving a pay increase of 10% or more.

Supply chain logistics solutions are relevant to all industries including food and pharmaceutical deliveries so vital during the COVID era.

Vaughn College, which ranked #1 in upward mobility nationwide, has trained lots of students who currently hold excellent jobs in the field. In these changing times supply chain management is more important than ever before.

Peter Canellis
Peter Canellis Peter Canellis has extensive experience in industry consulting, training and education. He has held management and consulting positions in supply chain, logistics services and facilities operations, focusing on process improvement and technology applications to support those improvements. He is currently a Professor in the management department at Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology in New York City.

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