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Degree Overview: Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree in Operations Management

Majors Overview April 28, 2014

A slower-than-average increase in the employment rate for materials managers was predicted across all national jobs. A bachelor’s degree in Operations Management is common among materials managers.

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree Programs in Operations Management

Schools don’t offer bachelor’s degrees in Material Management. Those aspiring for career paths as materials managers should typically complete Operations Management programs. Coursework is devised to teach major skills relevant to inventory control, planning, quality management, and supply management, to augment courses in Material Management. Students are also taught skills that permit them to seek entry-level careers in technical support, human relations and global logistics.

Graduates not keen on pursuing careers in the materials management field can seek occupations in business areas, such as supplier development engineering, supply management, quality control and purchasing.

Educational Prerequisites

Admission criteria typically require applicants to hold a GED certificate or high school diploma. In many schools, incoming students are also expected to submit standardized test scores, personal essays, letters of recommendation, and transcripts from prior schooling. Aptitudes in finance, science, business, and math will characterize the strongest students. Knowledge of a trade could improve the chances of a candidate gaining admission.


Coursework in bachelor’s degree programs for Operations Management is typically a combination of business education and technical training. Hands-on and didactic learning are often combined. Coursework may include topical areas such as:

•Equipment purchasing
•Organizational cash management
•Industry-specific technology
•Global markets

Job and Wage Outlook

A slower-than-average job growth rate of 7% has been predicted for purchasing managers, including materials managers, during the decade from 2010 to 2020 (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)). However, the demand for purchasing managers is expected to remain high, owing to the need to supervise other purchasing professionals, such as agents and buyers. In May 2012, purchasing managers took home an average annual wage of $60,550. At the highest end, these professionals were paid $158,920 or more; at the lowest end, they earned $57,360 or less (BLS).

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