APICS Members-Only Operations Management Employment Outlook

APICS The Association for Operations Management and the Cameron School of Business at the University of North Carolina Wilmington collaborated to develop an ongoing survey of APICS members and customers that forecasts hiring in the operations management profession. The APICS Operations Management Employment Outlook is a report of the survey findings and will be released quarterly.

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The Operations Management Employment Outlook

Summer 2012

Summary 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.

Key findings

  • The summer 2012 results show 54 percent of survey respondents with hiring responsibility anticipate engaging new employees within the next 12 months, compared with only 47 percent in 2009.
  • Ninety-eight percent of survey respondents with hiring responsibility are planning to hire within one or more of the following operational areas: execution and control of operations, purchasing and customer relationship management (CRM), quality, resource planning, and supply chain management.
  • Individuals with the APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) designation earn approximately 16 percent more than those without the designation and APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) designees earn approximately 15 percent more than professionals without the APICS CSCP designation. 

More information is available in the full APICS Operations Management Employment Outlook report. This report is available free to APICS members.

Find information about APICS membership at apics.org/membership. Find information about the APICS CPIM and CSCP designations.

About this report

The data for this report were collected from a random sample of more than 30,000 supply chain and operations management professionals worldwide. Twice a year, approximately 50 percent of APICS members and customers receive a request to complete the survey used to develop the APICS Operations Management Employment Outlook report. The survey gathers data related to employment and projected hiring, and the required and preferred knowledge and skill sets for various job areas.

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According to the latest APICS Operations Management Employment Outlook, APICS CSCP designees earn on average 15 percent more than those without the designation.

-APICS Operations Management Employment Outlook, summer 2012