Supply chain, inventory management, and customer service aren't the only skills demand planners have. In fact, there's a whole list of personality traits that are commonly seen among them, including:
In order to accomplish your goal of becoming a demand planner, we've found that over half, 57.6% to be exact, of demand planners have a bachelor's degree. The good news is that it doesn't seem like more schooling than that is necessary with only 29.7% having master's degrees. While it's true that most demand planners have a college degree, it's generally possible to become one with only a high school degree. In fact, one out of every nine demand planners did not spend the extra money to attend college.
Those demand planners who do attend college, typically earn either a business degree or a supply chain management degree. Less commonly earned degrees for demand planners include a marketing degree or a finance degree.
Once you've obtained the level of education you're comfortable with, you're prepared to start applying to become a demand planner. We've found that typically demand planners are mostly employed at Randstad USA, Textron, and Wolverine World Wide. Of recent, Randstad USA had 5 positions open for demand planners. Meanwhile, there are 4 job openings at Textron and 3 at Wolverine World Wide.
But if you want to earn the most bang for your buck, demand planners tend to earn the biggest salaries at Microsoft, Apple, and NetApp. Take Microsoft for example. The median demand planner salary is $115,808. At Apple, demand planners earn an average of $108,501, while the average at NetApp is $104,497. Now before you get too googly-eyed over those digits, take into consideration how difficult it might be to secure a job with one of these companies. While Microsoft has 0 job listings for demand planners, Apple and NetApp only have 2 and 0 job listings respectively.
The most prestigious demand planners can be found working at Boeing, Unilever, and PepsiCo. We determine this by assessing the schools where demand planners have earned their degrees, and then looking at the companies that have hired a significant number of demand planners from the top 100 educational institutions in the United States.
For the most part, demand planners make their living in the manufacturing and health care industries. Demand planners tend to make the most in the technology industry with an average salary of $109,938, while they generally only make $92,265 and $84,435 in the health care and retail industries respectively. Additionally, demand planners who work in the technology industry make 0.0% more than demand planners in the telecommunication Industry.