There is little doubt that advanced business degrees are an incredibly valuable asset in the business world. For those who are interested in managing a potentially global network of assets and infrastructure, a Master of Logistics and Supply Chain Management can be a viable option.

The growing importance of Logistics and SCM

Logistics and Supply Chain Management (SCM) is one of the most robust and growing industries in the United States. Individuals with a Master of Logistics and SCM are highly desired in a number of industries, including retail/service companies, government and public agencies, and companies that have a national or international distribution network.

Job opportunities in Logistics and SCM

The United States Department of Labor estimates that our economy will need around 1 million new workers with logistics and SCM qualifications. For those who have a Master of Logistics and SCM, the Department of Labor expects an average of a 17% salary premium over those who do not have that particular Master’s degree. This means that those entering into this type of program will almost certainly graduate into an economy that is screaming for workers just like them — providing those graduates with substantially more opportunities than the average worker.

Why you should consider Logistics and SCM

As the world becomes increasingly connected and globalized, logistical needs will only become more complex and more important. For those who have a passion (or even just a slight interest) in managing such complex systems, while working to make them run as reliably and efficiently as possible, now is the ideal time to get a Master’s degree in the field.

The bottom line is that business owners — even if they understand the importance of optimizing their logistical framework — typically do not have the expertise to maximize everything they can out of their SCM infrastructure. Even more business owners have yet to set up such an infrastructure, and require the expertise of someone else; i.e., someone who will have a great deal of leverage when negotiating salary, benefits, etc.

Even if you ultimately plan to go into business for yourself, having a Master’s degree in Logistics and SCM will help ensure that you have the knowledge you need, without depending on the expertise of someone else.

Ports have long been one of the most important economic assets a region can possess. Even today, with the increasingly dizzying array of new technologies being developed, seaports continue to be the backbone of the international economy and major focal points for commerce.

One place where this has held particularly true is Savannah, Georgia. The Port of Savannah has long been a key element in Georgia’s economy and the Atlantic Seaboard. The Port of Savannah experienced rapid and dramatic growth during the first part of the century, which ultimately solidified its critical role in the economy of the Eastern United States.

The Port of Savannah’s rapid growth

From 2000 to 2005, the Port of Savannah averaged 16.5 percent growth per year, and in 2007 it was named the fourth busiest seaport in the United States. Today, exports from the Port of Savannah equal approximately 13.27 million tons of cargo per year, putting it second only to the iconic Port of Los Angeles.

How can business majors be a part of the Port of Savannah’s rapid growth?

A Master of Logistics and Supply Chain Management can be a particularly effective way to be a valuable part of the business that takes place in a port like the Port of Savannah. GCSU’s program provides the resources to learn everything you need to know about the business of ports. Those that live in close proximity to the increasingly important Port of Savannah could have the unique opportunity to learn directly from one of the nation’s most active ports firsthand.

For those who want to earn their Master of Logistics and SCM while also retaining the flexibility to choose their own schedule — and potentially even land a job working at the Port of Savannah while earning their degree — the GCSU online MBA might be the perfect choice. In the online program, you’ll still learn all of the crucial aspects of working at the Port of Savannah (or any other port), as well as establish the important networking relationships you’ll need after graduation, without the logistical challenge of driving to campus several times per week for class.