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2009 Year-End Operations Management Employment Outlook Shows Professional Certification Increases Salary; Identifies Key Knowledge and Skills Valued by Individuals with Hiring Responsibility

For Immediate Release          

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Jane Shubayi Pearson 
Director of Marketing 
jpearson@apics.org  
(773) 867-1835 or (800) 444-2742, ext. 5413 

Chicago, Ill. (February 24, 2010)—APICS The Association for Operations Management and the Cameron School of Business at the University of North Carolina Wilmington released the 2009 year-end Operations Management Employment Outlook today.  Operations Management Employment Outlook data show that respondents holding the APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) or the  APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) certifications earn 17 percent more than respondents without the certifications. 


The Employment Outlook also brought to light which areas of operations management and business knowledge are most valued by individuals with hiring responsibility. Top-rated operations management skill areas are customer service, materials management, procurement, and materials planning. Additionally, oral and written communications skills were rated as the most important business skills in all job categories. 


“The data in this report show that earning an APICS certification has a significant positive impact on an individual’s earning potential,” said APICS CEO Abe Eshkenazi, CSCP, CPA, CAE. “Professional associations like APICS exist to serve their members as they seek to identify ways to enhance their earning potential, position themselves favorably in the job market, and help their employers build a stronger global economy.” 


Data reported for the 2009 year-end report show that the number of respondents planning to hire within one or more of the following operational areas, including execution and control of operations, purchasing/customer relationship management, quality, resource planning, and supply chain management, increased from 67 percent the second- and third-quarter Operations Management Employment Outlook reports to 78 percent in the fourth quarter (an increase from 34 to 40 percent of survey respondents with hiring responsibility).  


“Throughout all of 2009, we saw expectations of future hiring increase while expectations of future layoffs decrease,” said Drew Rosen, professor of operations management at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and a member of the research team. “This end-of-year report shows that trend continuing and gives added insights into which regions will see job growth. While hiring is not expected to occur overnight, it is a promising indication of economic recovery.”


2009 year-end data also provided insight into regional hiring expectations. Respondents in 4 regions tend to be most optimistic about future hiring over the next 12 months, including the northwest (33.3 percent), southeast regions (5.1 percent), and the Midwestern U.S. (6.5 percent) as well as in Canada (16.7 percent). Additionally respondents from 2 regions anticipate hiring to occur in the next 6 months, including the southwest (25.3 percent) and north central (20 percent) U.S. 


The APICS Operations Management Employment Outlook charts future hiring and employment data for the operations management profession. This outlook differs from other indices as it is forward looking, whereas others are based on historical data. This valuable forecasting tool gives industry professionals and economists another source of data to predict economic trends.   


The data collection took place in March, July, and December 2009. A random sample from 30,000-plus operations management professionals was surveyed to identify prevailing compensation levels and anticipated hiring trends for operations management professionals over the next year. The survey has a margin of error of less than 5 percent at a 95 percent confidence level.  


For a complete report available to the media and APICS members, contact Rebecca Balliet, senior marketing manager, at rballiet@apics.org. 


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About APICS The Association for Operations Management 
APICS The Association for Operations Management is the global leader and premier source of the body of knowledge in operations management, including production, inventory, supply chain, materials management, purchasing, and logistics. Since 1957, individuals and companies have relied on APICS for its superior training, internationally recognized certifications, comprehensive resources, and worldwide network of accomplished industry professionals. For more information, visit www.apics.org


About the University of North Carolina Wilmington 
The University of North Carolina Wilmington is a comprehensive public master’s university focused on high quality teaching, research and outreach. UNCW offers bachelor’s degrees in 52 majors, 35 master’s degrees, a Ph.D. in marine biology and an Ed.D. in educational leadership. For the eleventh consecutive year, UNCW is ranked among the top 10 public master’s universities in the South by U.S. News and World Report. The university was also named among the 2010 “Best in the Southeast” by The Princeton Review, for the sixth consecutive year.

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