Supply Chain Management careers

Demand for supply chain management graduates is high, and job placement is close to 100 percent. ASU supply chain students are prepared for entry level positions such as logistics specialist, purchasing administrator, supply chain analyst or procurement specialist. Long-term career advancement leads to the Vice President or Chief Procurement Officer level in supply chain-related areas with firms from around the world and in all sectors of the economy, public and private.

A dynamic path ahead

Within the supply chain field, your career choices are limitless. There are positions for those who enjoy working with other people to negotiate deals, and positions for those who crave analysis. And there is an even greater need for those who can do both. Nearly every industry has a need for supply chain experts, providing opportunities in areas such as food and retail management, specialty logistics companies, government and non-profit organizations, and business to business suppliers.

Functional responsibilities

Supply chain management professionals hold a range of job titles. They also engage in a wide variety of activities, such as process improvements, tactical and strategic capacity planning, quality management, vendor selection, price negotiation, forecasting, supply chain integration, and system development for tracking and improving performance.

Job titles

  • Area manager
  • Business analyst
  • Logistics specialist
  • National purchasing administrator
  • Operations supervisor, analyst, or manager
  • Procurement assistant, associate, or specialist
  • Supply chain analyst or associate
  • Supply chain planner
  • Supply chain project specialist
  • Transportation specialist

W. P. Carey Career Services Center

Prepare for a future in supply chain management with career partners you can trust. The W. P. Carey Career Services Center supports students from day one to graduation and beyond.

  • Major-specific career coaching and guidance for students at all levels
  • Curated career content and resources, relevant to your major and career path
  • Professional courses and programs designed to propel your success

Recruiting and employers

Students in the supply chain program at W. P. Carey are recruited by a wide range of employers. In fact, Arizona State University is a national recruiting school for many top firms across the country and around the world. Fortune 500 companies along with the governmental and not-for-profit sectors are keenly interested in attracting our graduates. Visit W. P. Carey Employer Engagement to learn more about student recruitment.

Starting salaries for W. P. Carey supply chain undergraduates generally range from $55,000 to $80,000 (based on data provided by 2019-2023 program graduates). Frequent recruiters of W. P. Carey supply chain management graduates include:

  • Amazon
  • Arizona State University
  • Boeing
  • Deloitte
  • Honeywell
  • Intel
  • KPMG
  • Neon Logistics
  • PepsiCo
  • Shamrock Foods Co.
  • Starbucks