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Supply Chain Management

6,423 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
972 Master's Degrees Annually
#13 in Popularity
$103,330 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Supply Chain Management Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many supply chain management graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 6,425
Basic Certificate 1,117
Master’s Degree 972
Associate’s Degree 691
Undergraduate Certificate 280
Graduate Certificate 245
Doctor’s Degree 2

What Supply Chain Management Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, logistics management majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

Knowledge Areas for Logistics Management Majors

Logistics Management majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

Skills for Logistics Management Majors

A major in logistics management prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Abilities for Logistics Management Majors

Logistics Management majors often go into careers where the following abilities are vital:

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  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

What Can You Do With a Supply Chain Management Major?

People with a logistics management degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Logistics Managers 6.8% $94,730
Storage and Distribution Managers 6.8% $94,730
Transportation Managers 6.8% $94,730

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Supply Chain Management?

6,425 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
34% Percent Women
25% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major tends to be male dominated. About 66% of recent graduates are men.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of logistics management majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Logistics Management Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 432
Black or African American 448
Hispanic or Latino 559
White 4,177
International Students 475
Other Races/Ethnicities 334

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Logistics Management. About 7.4% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Supply Chain Management Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Logistics Management majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $102,850 to $113,370 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

Median Salary for a Supply Chain Management Major  ( 102850 to 113370 )
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Some careers associated with logistics management require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

Find out what the typical degree level is for logistics management careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 0.4%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 11.7%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 5.0%
Some College Courses 11.6%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 13.0%
Bachelor’s Degree 41.1%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 3.2%
Master’s Degree 5.1%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 0.0%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 0.1%
Doctoral Degree 8.7%

Online Supply Chain Management Programs

In 2018-2019, 366 schools offered a logistics management program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 123 30
Certificate (1-2 years) 51 17
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 108 34
Bachelor’s Degree 32 12
Post-Baccalaureate 123 30
Master’s Degree 69 28
Post-Master’s 8 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 3 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Supply Chain Management Worth It?

The median salary for a logistics management grad is $103,330 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 159% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $1,268,600 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to logistics management.

Major Number of Grads
General Business Administration and Management 350,924
Interior Design Management 16,189
Organizational Leadership 12,591
Operations Management 5,802
Office Administration 5,025
Project Management 3,344
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management 3,071
Purchasing, Procurement/Acquisitions and Contracts Management 1,294
Retail Management 833
Transportation/Mobility Management 731
E-Commerce 233
Research and Development Management 194
Customer Service Management 184

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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