Education is the key to success in today’s economy. This is applicable whether you’re a current student looking for an associate’s degree, a recent graduate seeking the Master’s degree or a top executive at the workplace who is looking to improve their logistics knowledge and abilities. There’s no shortage of educational opportunities available to fit your schedule, your budget and your goals for your career.

Universities and colleges offer bachelor’s degrees in supply chain management transportation and distribution, as well as international trade and customs. These programs give you a broad understanding of all aspects of the field including procurement and sourcing and transportation systems, global logistics, inventory and warehouse management, and import and export laws and regulations.

Professional organizations offer certifications and continuing education courses. For example the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals offers a Certified Logistics Professional (CLMP) designation that requires a bachelor’s degree and three years of experience. The National Contract Management Association offers the Certified Contract Manager (CPCM) designation. This designation focuses on contract management in certain industries, like commerce, defense and local and federal government agencies and education.

Businesses are looking for courses that are specifically tailored to their business requirements. This is especially true for logistics professionals who are in charge of the distribution and storage of consumer goods. It is therefore important to research your options and choose one that best suits your career goals. Consideration should be given to the location, tuition costs, financial aid, course offerings and the staffing.