Curious how the computer you’re currently using actually made its way to you? Of course, you went to a retailer and made the purchase. But there’s so much that took place before then, and it involves supply chain management (SCM). SCM is the control of the supply chain as a process from supplier to manufacturer to wholesaler to retailer to consumer. SCM involves the flow of products and information between organizations, suppliers and customers in the most efficient and effective ways possible.

The competitive nature of today’s marketplace has turned supply chain management and logistics into a highly essential component to successful global business operations. Professionals in SMC are especially important to the success of mankind’s largest supply chain—the space supply chain. There are over 1,500 suppliers in NASA’s supply chain. Their goal revolves around safely delivering human beings and advanced technology between Earth and Space using the lowest amount of weight possible. As you can imagine, this is a bit more complex than the supply chain involved in bringing your computer to you.

The future of space supply chain seems to be bright—logistician employment is projected to grow by 26 percent, which is 14 percent faster than the average expected growth for all occupations from 2010 to 2020. To learn more about the space supply chain, check out the infographic below presented by Florida Tech Online.

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Infographic by Florida Tech University Online, your source for Supply Chain Management Degree Programs Online.