Procurement Clerks

Buyer, Procurement Specialist, Purchasing Clerk, Purchasing Specialist

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Contracting; Contracting Apprentice; Contracting Helper; Contracting Journeyman
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.


Arts and Humanities

  • English language


  • administrative services
  • customer service

Math and Science

  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics

Engineering and Technology

  • computers and electronics


Basic Skills

  • reading work related information
  • talking to others

Problem Solving

  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


  • understanding people's reactions
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions



  • 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


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


You might use software like this on the job:

Enterprise resource planning ERP software

  • Oracle PeopleSoft
  • SAP software Hot Technology In Demand

Presentation software

  • Microsoft PowerPoint Hot Technology In Demand

Data base user interface and query software

  • Microsoft Access Hot Technology
  • Oracle Database Hot Technology


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

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