College of Business and Economics

Supply Chain and Operations Management

Supply chain management is a rapidly growing and evolving area of employment being shaped by technology and international competition. If resources – people, money, machinery, facilities, material and information – are to be used wisely, supply chain management personnel must be familiar with computer technology, quantitative methods, and planning and problem-solving techniques useful in analyzing business systems.

In addition to computer and analytic skills, supply chain management personnel need excellent communication skills to work with people at all levels of the organization. Professionals with a degree in supply chain management can work in almost every industry imaginable. Career opportunities include operations and supply chain analysis, global supply chain management, production planning, quality control, material management and purchasing.

Students in the supply chain management major have the opportunity to add an emphasis in Project Management.

The UW-Whitewater Bachelor of Business Administration in Supply Chain Management requires a minimum of 120 credits, including:

  • General education requirements 
  • Business requirements 
  • Major requirements 
  • Electives (to bring the total to at least 120 credits)

Information on the requirements specific to the supply chain management major, including emphasis option, can be found in the Course Catalog. Major video guides and course planning sheets are also available in Four Year Planning Resources.

Individuals wishing to deepen their knowledge with post-baccalaureate studies can complete an advanced degree online or on campus through the UW-Whitewater  Master of Business Administration and an emphasis in Supply Chain Management or one of 10 other unique emphases.

Supply chain management is also available as a minor for non-business students. Requirements can be found in the College of Business and Economics listing of minors and certificates.

Job Outlook

National employment growth for positions classified as logisticians is expected to be 7 percent1 from 2016 to 2026, and projected growth in Wisconsin is 14 percent2 for the same period. However, these numbers only tell part of the story related to supply chain career prospects, as a recent study commissioned by DHL Global indicates that changing skill requirements and an aging workforce will contribute to a global talent shortage.3 

National Median Pay (2018) 1

$74,600 per year

Number of Jobs in the United States (2016) 1


Annual projected job openings in Wisconsin 2


Number of Jobs in Wisconsin (2016) 2


UW-Whitewater Placement Information

Placement Rate 4


UW-Whitewater Salary Estimate 4


Highlighted Employers 5

Amazon, DSC Logistics, HUSCO International, Kerry, PepsiCo

Common Titles 5

Buyer, Inventory Analyst, Production Planner, Purchasing Analyst, Supply Chain Analyst

Bureau of Labor and Statistics - Occupational Handbook:  Logisticians
CareerOneStop (U.S. Dept. of Labor) - Occupation Profiles:  Logisticians
3 DHL Global: The impact of digitalization and status of the supply chain profession are driving a global talent shortage crisis
Based on survey response for 2016 - 2017 UW-Whitewater graduates
5 Self-reported data from UW-Whitewater surveys