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Purchasing Agents

Also called: Buyer, Purchasing Agent, Procurement Specialist, Purchasing Manager

Where in the military? In the military: see titles from the Air Force or Marine Corps.

What they do:
Purchase machinery, equipment, tools, parts, supplies, or services necessary for the operation of an establishment. Purchase raw or semi-finished materials for manufacturing.
On the job, you would:
  • Prepare purchase orders, solicit bid proposals, and review requisitions for goods and services.
  • Purchase the highest quality merchandise at the lowest possible price and in correct amounts.
  • Monitor and follow applicable laws and regulations.

Knowledge

Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Business
  • management
  • accounting and economics
Safety and Government
  • law and government
Transportation
  • movement of people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • reading work related information
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
Resource Management
  • making spending decisions and keeping track of what is spent
  • managing your time and the time of other people

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • use rules to solve problems
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Initiative
  • Cooperation
  • Self Control

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Accounting software
  • Intuit QuickBooks software
  • National Job Cost software
Project management software
  • Dexter + Cheney Spectrum Construction Software
  • Microsoft Project
Financial analysis software
  • IBM Costimater
  • Softstar Costar COCOMO II

Education

Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
some college
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$58,760
per year, on average
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