(BPT) - Think of everything you use in an average day. From your favorite slippers to the computer you work on to the package that arrives at your door with food for tonight's dinner, almost everything you use has made its way to you thanks to the logistics and supply chain industry.
The people who work in logistics and supply chain help make sure that everything from your kids' backpacks to the food on your table makes its way from point A to point B. Plus, with more people shopping online, even for same-day grocery delivery, ecommerce is booming.
Rapid growth means job opportunity
The supply chain and logistics industry, which was already growing at a rapid pace, has accelerated further due to the pandemic. In fact, according to a 2021 survey by Emarketer, the industry experienced 26 percent year-over-year growth in retail and ecommerce sales from 2020. This fast growth means supply chain and related jobs are in high demand.
Experts predict these trends will continue, which provides a unique opportunity for job seekers who want job security while working with innovative technology. There are also other perks that may suit your lifestyle, such as flexible scheduling, remote work and the opportunity to travel. Whether you just graduated, have ample experience or are looking for a career change, this field provides myriad open jobs for a variety of positions - from engineers to customer service.
Who works in supply chain?
Supply chain managers and logisticians analyze and coordinate an organization's supply chain. Employment of logisticians is projected to grow 30 percent from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
While these analysts play a critical role, they are far from the only jobs necessary for a thriving supply chain. Whether you prefer to work at a desk or want a physical job that keeps you moving - or a mix of both - there's something for every talent and personality type in supply chain.
A few examples of job types in supply chain:
- Software and technology
- Installers such as electricians
- Inventory and quality control
- Warehouse operation
- Customer service
- Information technology
- Risk management
Dematic does that
Job opportunities in supply chain are plentiful, including at one of the world's largest global logistics and warehouse automation companies, Dematic. Their employees help large and emerging brands deliver what consumers need when they need it. The company has more than 10,000 full-time employees in nearly 25 countries and 200-plus years of experience. The company's size and experience allow for workplace stability, investment in innovation and ample employee resources.
Many of Dematic's customers - including companies in apparel, general merchandise, grocery and food and beverage - are growing quickly. This means Dematic is actively hiring, having added more than 1,000 employees in the Americas just this year, with projections to continue growing at a rapid pace. In 2022, this growth will continue with opportunities available nationwide, particularly in a few key locations: Atlanta, Grand Rapids, Milwaukee and Dallas.
'The future of Dematic is exciting,' says Kitrek Riese, director of software who has been with the company for more than 15 years. 'We're investing in software and staying current with the latest technologies. We work with many emerging brands and names you'd know, which means we are always innovating.'
Learn more about supply chain job opportunities at Dematicjobs.com.
Questions job seekers should ask
No matter where you are in your career journey, the current job market creates opportunity for those who want it. When looking for a new position, consider some questions specific to supply chain to help guide your search so you get the right job for you:
What is the position, where is it located and when is the target start date? Make sure these answers match your needs.
What is the size of the company? Larger companies may have more employee resources including in-demand benefits.
When did the company start and what is its history? Companies that have been around for a while have more experience and often more stability.
What brands does the company work with? Established brands bring reliability and emerging brands may bring innovation. A mix of both is good.
Is there growth opportunity at the company? Understand opportunities for upward movement within the company so you're always growing your skills.
'There is a huge amount of opportunity in supply chain positions,' said Jenny Ferrell, VP, Human Resources for Dematic. 'At Dematic, our people are what help our company shine - we're proud of our teammates who help power the future of commerce.'