In 2011, businesses looking to expand supply chain management services The U.S. job market has suffered through an undeniable lull since the financial meltdown that struck three years ago this month. However, according to Fortune, one job field that will experience job growth next year is supply chain management.

Supply chain management is an essential part of every business as it orchestrates the behind-the-scenes legwork that helps companies reduce business costs and achieve greater efficiency. Currently, there is a real shortage of qualified candidates in the field, fueling the demand among businesses for workers skilled in the esoteric field.

There are two factors influencing the shortage: First, there is a stereotype of supply chain management that paints it as boring and low paid, and secondly, the field is demanding, requiring multitasking and clear thinking skills. According to an MIT white paper recently released on the field, businesses are looking for supply chain managers who are skilled at "high-order diplomacy" and can "thrive in ambiguity."

There are many universities - like Penn State - that offer courses in supply chain management to better prepare candidates. For those looking for a new job next year, consider a poll conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers: Nearly 48 percent of U.S. companies plan to hire logistics college graduates at some point next year.
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