What Can I Do With a Operations Management Major?

 

Operations Management is about getting things done effectively and efficiently in organizations.

Demands for business process re-engineering, better quality, better customer service, time-based competition and supply chain management demonstrate that superior management of the operations function is vital in business today. Operations managers manage the production systems in manufacturing and services.

All organizations have an operations function. Operations managers might work in managing manufacturing processes or managing the delivery of a service to a customer. Topics include process analysis and improvement, quality control, production planning, inventory systems, managing manufacturing, supply chain management and managing the delivery of services.

Operations managers need good analytical and problem solving skills and knowledge of computers.

The operations management major is commonly combined with the management information systems major, and is supervised by the Department of Management Information Systems.


Degree Requirements

Includes foundation courses required for Professional Admission, general education requirements, professional core courses, free electives and a set of specific OM Courses

Sample OM Courses:

  • Systems Modeling and Simulation
  • Linear Programming and Applications
  • Current Topics in Operations Management
  • Managing for Quality Improvement
  • Management of Service Operations
  • The Supply Chain and Logistics
  • Project Management
  • Computer Models for Operations Management
  • Machine Scheduling

* Students must achieve Professional Admission (a competitive and selective application process) to move from the pre-professional phase to the professional phase. 
** Check the Degree/Academic Progress Report (APRR's) for your specific academic program requirements per the catalog.


Other Preparation

Clubs and Organizations
The college has a wide variety of professional fraternities, honoraries and student clubs. Student organizations offer: career information, networking opportunities with alums, corporate representatives, faculty and fellow students; social and professional activities; and provide leadership roles and skills building opportunities.

Visit the Eller Undergraduate Student Organizations website for more information.

Internships and Research
MIS faculty members encourage students to participate in research projects. Students are urged to seek internships for valuable work experience and skill development. The best of these will have a visible connection to the company's success, and will allow the student to make project management decisions that have an impact.

Certification
APICS certifications are key and will give you an edge while interviewing:

  • Certification in Production & Inventory Management (CPIM)
  • Certification in Integrated Resource Management (CIRM)

Career Opportunities

Graduates are hired in both staff and line positions. Entry-level positions in line are usually as supervisors of production or operating personnel.

Entry-level positions in staff include technical jobs in production planning, inventory control, materials control, work scheduling, quality control and operations analysis. 

Typical job titles include:

Examples of public- and private-sector employers who hire operations management graduates include:

  • Business analyst
  • Master production scheduler
  • Production planner
  • Operations analyst
  • Materials manager
  • Quality control specialist
  • Project manager
  • Retail establishments
  • Hospitals
  • Banks
  • Insurance companies
  • Airlines
  • Government agencies
  • Manufacturing companies
  • Research corporations

Operations Management Careers Overview


Salaries

Starting salaries vary by size and type of employer, geographic location, course work, and experience.

Eller Operations Management combined with Management Information Systems average salary offers (Eller College Survey, Spring 2018): $59,527

National graduate average salary offers: (NACE Salary Survey, Spring 2018)

  • Management Information Systems: $60,156
  • Business Operations: $55,373

Recruitment Opportunities

Operations Management graduates obtain jobs through various avenues, leading to placements with a wide range of firms and organizations.

On-campus recruitment opportunities include the fall & spring Eller Expo and Career Showcase, hosted by the Eller College, and the fall & spring "Career Days", hosted by UA Student Engagement & Career Development.

A sample of employers that hired Eller College OM majors in recent years:

ABF Freight Systems 
Accenture 
ADP
Alliance Funding
Amazon
America West Airlines 
American Express Technology Group
AMS (American Management Systems) 
Asarco 
Balboa Capital 
Beneficial Life
Black & Decker 
Cap Gemini  
Capital One
CED (Consolidated Electrical Distributors) 
Cigna Healthcare 
Cintas Corporation 
Consolidated Graphics 
Deloitte
DMA (DuCharme, McMillen & Associates) 
EMC The Enterprise Storage Company 

Enterprise Rent-A-Car 
Ernst & Young
Exxon Mobil
FDIC (Federal Depository Insurance Corp.)
Ferguson Enterprises
GAP, Inc
General Electric Capital
Hewlett Packard 
Holsum Bakery
i2 Technologies 
Intel Corporation 
Intuit
Jacobson Financial Services
Jeld-Wen 
John Deere 
Jules & Associates 
Kiewit Western Companies
Knight Transportation
Macy's West 
March of Dimes 
Micron Technology

Microsoft
MUFG
NDC Research & Consulting
New England Financial
New Times Publications
Newell/Rubbermaid 
Nordstrom
North Star Resource Group 
PepsiCo
PwC
Rainbird 
Raytheon 
Sherwin Williams 
Spartacom Technologies
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide 
Stryker Endoscopy 
Teradyne
University of Arizona
USG Corporation 
Walgreens 
WalMart Internal Audit

Eller and UA Resources

Major Advisor
Julio Peña

Career Coach
Amanda Lopez

Department of Management Information Systems
Eller College of Management 
McClelland Hall, Rm. 430
520-621-2748

Undergraduate Programs
Eller College of Management 
McClelland Hall 204
520-621-2505