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U.S. News and World Report identifies operations management on best careers list and outlines key competencies necessary to be successful

Chicago, Ill. (March 30, 2012) – According to U.S. News and World Report, operations management is one of the best 50 careers of 2012. Between 2010 and 2020, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 4.6 percent growth, or an additional 81,600 operations manager jobs.

"Operations really is the heart of most companies, because the operations department actually gets the job that the company needs to get done, done," said 2011 APICS Board of Directors Chair and manager of operations programs, material planning, and analysis at Northrup Grumman Eric Schaudt, CPIM, CSCP, who was quoted by U.S. News and World Report.

With strong salaries and significant job growth projected, U.S. News and World Report identifies operations manager as one of the best jobs of 2012—and encourages individuals interested in operations management to participate in professional organizations to get into the field.

"You have to be very adaptable and agile in the workplace. Conditions are changing, in some cases every five minutes, and so you have to be able to adapt and overcome those challenges and obstacles throughout the day," said Schaudt.

Also, according to U.S. News and World Report article, excellent communications and decision-making skills are required of successful operations managers. Companies seeking operations managers use professional certifications, such as the APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management or Certified Supply Chain Professional as search criteria.

APICS offers two certifications to help professionals demonstrate a mastery of core skills and knowledge required of successful supply chain and operations managers. These certifications— the APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management and Certified Supply Chain Professional—provide individuals opportunities for professional growth and ways to stand out against the competition.

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APICS The Association for Operations Management is the global leader and premier source of the body of knowledge in supply chain and operations management, including production, inventory, 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. Visit www.apics.org for information.

The APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management designation provides individuals with the ability to understand and evaluate production and inventory activities within a company's global operations. The APICS CPIM designation is preferred by thousands of employers worldwide and has been earned by more than 95,000 professionals since 1973. The designation helps professionals master essential terminology, concepts, and strategies related to demand management, procurement management, supplier planning, material requirements planning, capacity planning, sales and operations planning, master scheduling, performance measurements, supplier relationships, quality control, and continuous improvement. Visit www.apics.org/cpim for information.

The APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional designation helps individuals demonstrate key knowledge and organizational skills for developing more streamlined operations. The APICS CSCP designation is the most widely recognized educational program for operations and supply chain management professionals around the globe, is a designation that is sought by thousands of employers and recruiters, and provides individuals with a mastery of supply chain management best practices and distinguishes you as an industry expert with specialized, high-level knowledge and skills. Visit www.apics.org/cpim for information.

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  1. Kim Roberts July 19, 2012, 09:23 AM
    The second sentence says between 2010 and 2010.  Is that correct or is that a typo?


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