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Procurement Clerks

Also called: Buyer, Procurement Specialist, Purchasing Clerk, Purchasing Specialist

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What they do:
Compile information and records to draw up purchase orders for procurement of materials and services.
On the job, you would:
  • Track the status of requisitions, contracts, and orders.
  • Perform buying duties when necessary.
  • Prepare purchase orders and send copies to suppliers and to departments originating requests.

Knowledge

Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Business
  • administrative services
  • customer service
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics

Skills

Basic Skills
  • reading work related information
  • talking to others
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
Social
  • understanding people's reactions
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • order or arrange things
  • 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:
  • Dependability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Integrity
  • Cooperation
  • Initiative
  • Adaptability/Flexibility

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Enterprise resource planning ERP software
  • Oracle PeopleSoft
  • SAP software Hot Technology
Presentation software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint Hot Technology
Data base user interface and query software
  • Microsoft Access Hot Technology
  • Oracle Database Hot Technology

Education

Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
bachelor's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$45,150
$30,080
$60,510
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