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Operations Management

Bright career outlook

Recent graduates have begun careers in operations management, project management, 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 significant employment growth projected between 2010 and 2020 (www.bls.gov).  According to US News Money, based on the median salary of $95,150, 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
  • Logistics
  • Transportation
  • 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

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 interests 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, and quantitative skills.

 

Types of positions

  • manager: operations, logistics, supply chain, projects, products, materials, quality, distribution, production
  • analyst: business, operations, business processes
  • purchasing officer

More info: www.bls.gov/oco/

 Average starting salary: $40,000 - $55,000

Options within Operations management Program

Supply Chain Management Option

New for students entering Spring 2014, this option focuses on supply chain concepts and methods for businesses and their suppliers to optimize delivery of goods, services and information to customers. In this option, you’ll take additional classes in Business Logistics and in Risk Management in Supply Chains.

Service Operations Management Option

New for students entering Spring 2014, this option focuses on service operations and related managerial, policy, and analytical matters in health care and transportation. In this option, you’ll take additional classes in Service Operations in Health Care and Transportation.

General Operations Management Option

With the general option, you can any design any combination of the specialized courses offered for the Supply Chain Management and Service Operations Management options.

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