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Career and Technical Education (CATE) - Distribution

A career in distribution can take job seekers to a vast number of industries. Practically all businesses with products need storage facilities and freight trucking. The distribution field also includes retail stores and supermarkets. And mind you, even manufacturing plants are areas to find a career in distribution from. Some people also find work in the cargo industry by serving in package delivery companies. There’s even distribution work in oil extraction and mining companies.

The opportunities are virtually endless.

There are tons of responsibilities attached to someone in distribution. Managers usually run a team of warehouse workers and shipping clerks, as well as the vendors and other retail stores. It’s a good strategy to learn to forecast demands and perform inventory control for someone interested in being a distribution manager. Having these skills makes the job easier.

Other roles in distribution are related to operations. This is particularly in the field of implementing procedures and making sure quality is assured. A good sense of goals and productivity improvement becomes handy for this work. That means appreciation and diligence for timely delivery and meticulous monitoring of defects.

It also helps to have financial management skills when working in distribution. Managing demand and supply also means having decision-making skills based on budget evidence. Cost and data analysis are just some of the expertise expected in this field. Someone in distribution must also have a little knowledge in government law in order to be able to comply with permits and other licenses.

Job seekers who are unable to land a work in distribution have other options especially if they have the necessary skills and credentials. An industrial engineer is one work that may need some capacities present in someone who has experience in distribution. Of course, a bachelor's degree is requisite to understand production processes from the perspective of eliminating errors in the goal of becoming more cost-efficient. Engineers look at machines and workers in relation to functions and their overall performance.