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Transportation Majors Increasing

Could This Help Fill The Growing Number of Jobs In Supply Chain Fields?

According to a report released earlier this year from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, enrollment in transportation majors is growing at a faster rate than most other majors. As Business Management majors at four-year institutions declined by 2.1% year over year, the number of students declaring a Transportation and Materials Moving major increased by 6.9% from the previous year.

The driver shortage has been a major focus over the last few years. Yet perhaps the more critical issue that needs to be addressed is the growth in supply chain and logistics-related fields – and the available workforce to fill those jobs. The US Bureau of Statistics estimates that available jobs in the logistics field could grow by 26% between 2010 and 2020. As this sector continues to grow, qualified applicants will be in demand to fill these positions. What’s more, the TMS market is forecast to reach $30 billion by 2025. The growth is primarily driven by the demand for mobile TMS applications, intermodal transportation, and the increased popularity of SaaS-based solutions.

Exacerbating the job growth issue is the fact that a significant number of employees in supply chain-related fields are nearing or even past retirement age. Some studies put that number as high as 25 to 33 percent. If these predictions hold true, in the foreseeable future there will be no shortage of available jobs in the transportation and supply chain-related fields. Could the growing number of transportation majors help close the gap between available jobs and qualified applicants to fill them?

MercuryGate University Prepares Students for the Future

With the predictions of a growing job market in supply chain fields and a spike in transportation majors, it’s not surprising that more businesses are looking for ways to prepare today’s students for future jobs. The MercuryGate University program was created in part to address the growing demand for logistics and supply chain professionals, and to give faculty and students the opportunity to practice real-world scenarios with using a transportation management system (TMS.)

The MGU program began as a result of ongoing feedback from our customers, who saw the need for a service that would provide the future supply chain leaders with a better understanding of transportation management technology. The idea being that exposure to technology could help prepare them for a supply chain career. MGU is arming them with an arsenal of best practices and hands-on training as they graduate from college.

As more higher learning institutions are adding transportation courses to their curriculum, the MGU program provides the MercuryGate TMS to participating faculty and students for free. Through labs, videos, boot camps, and lectures students can master the technical skills they need to be successful in their careers.

7 Skills To Help Students Be Successful

Here’s a look at some of the skills that can help students succeed in transportation and logistics fields:

  • Analytical: Ability to understand and interpret data using technology. Determine the most cost effective ways to move a load
  • Communication: Client and vendor relationship
  • Conflict Resolution: Handling exceptions, client/vendor management
  • Negotiation: Product knowledge, market demands, cost management
  • Procurement: Finding the right carrier for the move
  • Quality Control: Minimizing/eliminating errors
  • Time Management: Process planning – Removing variables from activities to increase speed

MercuryGate Growth Fueled By MGU

Recently, MercuryGate was able to take our MGU program full circle when we brought on 21 new employees as part of our Professional Services group. The majority of the new hires were recent graduates of colleges or universities participating in MGU.

As transportation majors at higher learning institutions continue to increase in popularity. This trend could finally be a convergence of qualified applicants to meet the growing number of supply chain and transportation-related career opportunities.

The program is free and available to all accredited institutions of higher learning and their affiliates. Do you know a university that should be part of our MercuryGate University program? We want to hear from you!

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