"They will be working a global network of suppliers and a global network of customers," he says. MBAs will have to stay on their toes to be a good supply chain manager."It requires the mental agility of a good stockbroker. You're always weighing things. You're always watching world markets," he says.
2. The long hours: Some supply chain students should be prepared to check email until late into the night, experts say. Those in operations, for example, may have especially long days. "Sometimes plants run 24/7," Cathey says. "They may have a non-traditional work schedule."
Consultants may also have long days. "It's not unusual for a young consultant to work 70 to 80 hours a week," she says.
If students pursue a career in manufacturing, the work week can be 50 to 55 hours. "It certainly would not be out of the ordinary," Fowler says.
3. The generous pay: Students are well compensated for their long hours.
"The average starting salary for our full time MBAs with a specialization in Supply Chain Management was almost $96,000, with a couple of students in the $120K range," Fowler said in an email. "They also received a five-digit signing bonus on average."
Interns can also take home large checks. "The internship compensation averaged about $6,000 per month," he wrote.
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