Bright career outlook
Recent graduates have begun careers in product and service design, supervision, traffic management, inventory control, quality management, and production planning—in diverse industries such as banking, manufacturing, retail, transportation, and health care.
Operations management: professional overview
Operations management is the study of transformation processes - how to get things done and produced - with minimal time, effort, and money and maximum quality. Operations management is a growing field with a 4.6% employment growth projected between 2010 and 2020 (www.bls.gov). According to US News Money, based on the median salary of $95,150 for operations managers (www.bls.gov), operations managers are among the best paid professionals in the U.S. There are many employment paths that operations management majors can follow including:
- Supply chain management
- Health care management
- Supply management
- Quality management
- Import/export operations
and others. Opportunities exist for people who like to travel and work with different suppliers all over the world. And opportunities are plentiful for those with dual interest in operations and other business functions.
Skills required to be an effective operations manager include:
- Analytical skills
- Exceptional communication skills
- The ability to make rapid assessments and quick decisions
- The ability to work effectively as part of a team
- Quantitative skills
- Familiarity with computers
Operations management is at the center of an organization. It's an exciting field to pursue and will allow you to see directly the contributions you have made to the firm.
Operations management at UMass Dartmouth
You'll learn techniques applicable both to manufacturing and service-provider organizations. Operations management personnel must be familiar with:
- computer technology
- quantitative methods
- planning and problem solving techniques
The result—the effective use of resources: people, money, machinery, facilities, material, and information.
Types of positions
More info: www.bls.gov/oco/
Average starting salary: $40,000 - $55,000