Logistics & Supply Chain Management

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What is Logistics and Supply Chain Management?

Logistics professionals analyze and coordinate an organization’s supply chain, which ensures movement of products from suppliers to consumers. They work in nearly every industry overseeing activities that include purchasing, transportation, inventory, and warehousing.

For more information:

Dr. Subhro Mitra, 972-338-1808

Why study at UNT Dallas?

UNT Dallas’ proximity to the International Inland Port of Dallas provides students with plenty of opportunities for experiential learning. Students may take internships with companies like Stevens Transport and TxDOT, participate in research projects, and attend community meetings relevant to the program’s content and course offerings.

Our University of North Texas Dallas students work with APICS to serve and provide South Dallas with opportunities to learn, grow, and interact with professionals.  The partnership allows our students to increase the number of career pathways, jump starting college careers, propagating the world of Logistics and Supply Chain Management, and turning our affiliates into academics and successful professionals.

How likely am I to get a job after graduation?

The Occupational Outlook Handbook states growth in jobs in this area is much faster than average nationally. Increased competition among business in the global marketplace is credited with growth in jobs in logistics and supply chain management. The International Inland Port of Dallas has been a key influence in making Dallas the nation’s premier logistics and distribution center.

What are my career options?

  • Materials scheduler
  • Materials analyst/manager
  • Production analyst/manager
  • Procurement analyst
  • Purchasing manager
  • Supply chain analyst/manager
  • Transportation manager
  • Fleet manager
  • Inventory specialist
  • Replenishment specialist
  • Facilities manager
  • Project manager

Success Strategies

  • Many entry-level positions as analysts, management trainees, or first line supervisors are available with manufacturers.
  • Take additional courses in statistics and computer systems.
  • Develop skills with computers and information technology.
  • Be willing to start in a hands-on position, such as a loading dock supervisor for a trucking company. This allows employees to learn the business from the bottom up.
  • Develop negotiation, persuasion, and communication skills.
  • Maintain a high grade point average.
  • Learn the application process for government agencies. Complete a government internship.
  • Consider enrolling in R.O.T.C. if interested in a career with the armed forces
  • Learn a foreign language.
  • Earn an MBA for advancement into higher positions.
  • Learn about import/export laws.
  • Become familiar with how US Customs and other organizations regulate trade.
  • Plan to start in domestic positions and work towards international assignments.
  • Gaining experience through part-time and summer jobs or internships is critical.
  • Information technology, analytical, and quantitative skills are particularly important in the logistics and transportation field. Develop these skills through courses and work experience.
  • Some organizations may not have a "logistics" department. Look for positions in operations, manufacturing, or marketing.
  • Plan to start searching for internships or jobs four or more months in advance of when you would like to start the position.