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The Operations Management Employment Outlook

Year End 2012 Report

Understanding the key supply chain and operations management hiring trends, knowledge, and skills sought by those with hiring responsibility and within expected hiring areas is critical. Due to the bellwether nature of supply chain and operations management roles in the marketplace, it is important to find the knowledge and skills that

  • best match future employment opportunities
  • hiring managers use to evaluate candidates and hiring needs
  • global economic trend watchers pay attention to.

APICS The Association for Operations Management and the Cameron School of Business at the University of North Carolina Wilmington jointly produce the APICS Operations Management Employment Outlook report in order to keep supply chain and operations management professionals informed.

Download the full APICS Operations Management Employment Outlook Report and Key Findings Document.

Summary of findings 

46 percent of survey respondents with hiring responsibility anticipate hiring new employees within in the next 12 months, which is down 8 percent from summer 2012. 

91 percent plan to hire within one or more of the following operational areas: execution and control of operations, purchasing/customer relationship management (CRM), quality, resource planning and supply chain management. 

APICS certifications

  • APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) Designees earned on average 14 percent more than professionals without the designation, and 64.4 percent of APICS CPIM designees believe their certification had a positive impact on their hiring potential. 
  • APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) Designees earned on average 21 percent more than professionals without the APICS CSCP designation, and 62.6 percent of APICS CSCP designees believe their certification had a positive impact on their hiring potential.

Learn more about APICS certifications.

More information is available in the full “Operations Management Employment Outlook” report, available exclusively to APICS members at

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About this report 

The data for this report were collected from a random sample of more than 37,000 operations management professionals worldwide. Twice annually, approximately 50 percent of the APICS members, certification designees, and customers are asked to participate in the “Operations Management Employment Outlook” survey related to anticipated hiring, salary, and knowledge and experience desired for various job categories.