A job in supply chain management doesn’t sound sexy, but the industry is expected to generate more than 30,000 jobs in Central Florida by 2020, with an average starting salary of $40,000.

That’s why Seminole State College in Sanford will become the first public college or university in the Orlando region to offer a degree in the high-demand field of supply chain management starting in this month.

supplyThe new Supply Chain Management Program equips students with business-related skills they need for immediate employment or advancement in their fields, says Hugh Moore, associate dean for the Center for Business, Legal and Entrepreneurship at Seminole State.

“Companies are working to enhance their customer-delivery processes,” Moore says. “Supply chain management is the industry’s response, and we’re pleased to offer a degree to meet the demand.”

Workforce Florida projects there will be 33,511 job openings in the industry during the next five years, including jobs as purchasing agents and managers, distribution managers, logisticians, management analysts and cost estimators.

Federal data shows the average entry-level salary in Central Florida for these positions is more than $40,000 per year.

The program, which includes a two-year Associate in Science (A.S.) degree and 18-credit technical certificate, is one of five new programs the College will introduce for the 2015-16 academic year. The degree and certificate can be completed online or on-campus.

The program, which was created with input from a 15-member industry advisory board, includes courses in inventory management, purchasing management, warehouse management, operations management, transportation and logistics, and quality control.

Students who complete the degree can pursue Seminole State’s Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Business and Information Management (BIM) degree or a Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) degree through the University of Central Florida’s DirectConnect to UCF.

The certificate may be earned as part of the A.S. degree or as a stand-alone certificate.

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