Inventory Management Degree and Certification Programs

Read about associate's degree programs for aspiring inventory management professionals. Learn what it takes to qualify for admission and explore various topics of study. Also, check out some salary statistics for inventory managers.

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Essential Information

An inventory manager maintains accurate information regarding the production of supplies and finished goods stored within businesses and warehouses. Although inventory management skills are often learned on the job, students can pursue an Associate of Science in Logistics and Supply Chain Management to learn more about the field.

These degree programs often feature inventory management courses, and students could learn about the technical aspects of accurate record keeping, industry regulations and business communication. Graduates of these programs who meet experience and education requirements can obtain voluntary certification after passing competency examinations.

Educational Prerequisites

Associate's degree programs with training segments related to inventory management are most typically offered through 2-year community colleges or some vocational schools. Such institutions generally require incoming students to hold high school diplomas or GEDs.

Program Coursework

This program of study is designed to provide students with the training and skills necessary to oversee the shipping, warehousing, transportation and other manufacturing-related departments of a particular business. Such programs often include courses related to inventory management that teach students how to control and maintain inventory in a variety of environments.

Degree programs in logistics and supply chain management combine classroom lectures on management and business principles with hands-on demonstrations in warehouse management procedures. Some examples of courses might include:

  • Inventory control
  • Inventory management
  • Warehouse management
  • Traffic management
  • Supply chain management
  • Supervision and leadership
  • Purchasing
  • Computerized logistics

Salary Information

Payscale.com reports that inventory managers with 1-4 years of experience earn $30,241-$68,268 per year, according to their November 2013 data. It also mentions that salary can vary significantly by metropolitan area, with the higher end of the salary ranges in New York City and Houston being significantly more than those in Portland and Tulsa, for example.

Certification and Continuing Education

The Association for Operations Management offers certification for inventory managers in the form of the Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) credential. Individuals must complete examinations proving their competency in inventory management, scheduling and operations before they can earn the certification. Inventory managers who are looking to advance into positions of production managers, supply chain managers or logistics managers might consider enrolling in a bachelor's degree program in operations management or logistics.

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