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Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products

Purchase machinery, equipment, tools, parts, supplies, or services necessary for the operation of an establishment. Purchase raw or semi-finished materials for manufacturing.   (O'Net 13-1023.00)

 
Reported job titles:   Area Field Person, Area Field Worker, Buyer, Contract Analyst, Contract Specialist, Contractor Buyer   (view all job titles)
 
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    Wages
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2012
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 16.93   $ 20.28   $ 24.81   $ 30.34   $ 37.01   $ 26.26  
    Yearly $ 35,210   $ 42,190   $ 51,600   $ 63,110   $ 76,970   $ 54,620  
     
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 18.91   $ 21.72   $ 26.05   $ 32.00   $ 37.29   $ 26.90  
    Yearly $ 39,330   $ 45,180   $ 54,190   $ 66,560   $ 77,570   $ 55,960  
     
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 15.83   $ 17.99   $ 21.74   $ 26.82   $ 32.41   $ 22.93  
    Yearly $ 32,920   $ 37,410   $ 45,220   $ 55,780   $ 67,410   $ 47,700  
     
     Northern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 15.83   $ 19.10   $ 24.96   $ 33.01   $ 46.06   $ 28.36  
    Yearly $ 32,940   $ 39,730   $ 51,930   $ 68,660   $ 95,800   $ 58,990  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released May 2013.
     


    Employment Trends
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    (compounded)
    Annual job openings
    (due to growth and
    net replacements)
    2010 2020
    Vermont 668 670 0.0% 18
    Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA 362 354 -0.2% 10
    Southern Vermont Balance of State 180 186 0.3% 6
    Northern Vermont Balance of State 131 140 0.7% 5
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released August 2012, area estimates released April 2013.
     


    Industries of Employment
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    Industry Vermont
    2010
    Employment
    Percent
    of Total
    Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing 141 22%
    Federal Government, Excluding Post Office 83 13%
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released August 2012.
     


    Tasks
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  • Purchase the highest quality merchandise at the lowest possible price and in correct amounts.
     
  • Prepare purchase orders, solicit bid proposals, and review requisitions for goods and services.
     
  • Research and evaluate suppliers based on price, quality, selection, service, support, availability, reliability, production and distribution capabilities, and the supplier's reputation and history.
     
  • Analyze price proposals, financial reports, and other data and information to determine reasonable prices.
     
  • Monitor and follow applicable laws and regulations.
     
  • Negotiate, renegotiate, and administer contracts with suppliers, vendors, and other representatives.
     
  • Monitor shipments to ensure that goods come in on time and resolve problems related to undelivered goods.
     
  • Confer with staff, users, and vendors to discuss defective or unacceptable goods or services and determine corrective action.
     
  • Evaluate and monitor contract performance to ensure compliance with contractual obligations and to determine need for changes.
     
  • Maintain and review computerized or manual records of items purchased, costs, deliveries, product performance, and inventories.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products  updated July 2004
     


    Knowledge
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  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
     
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
     
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
     
  • Economics and Accounting - Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
     
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
     
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
     
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products  updated July 2004
     


    Skills
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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
     
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
     
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
     
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
     
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
     
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
     
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
     
  • Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.
     
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
     
  • Negotiation - Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products  updated July 2004
     


    Abilities
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  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
     
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
     
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
     
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
     
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
     
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
     
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
     
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
     
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
     
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products  updated July 2004
     


    Work Activities
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  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
     
  • Interacting With Computers - Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
     
  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
     
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization - Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
     
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems - Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
     
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work - Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
     
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships - Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
     
  • Processing Information - Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
     
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings - Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
     
  • Performing Administrative Activities - Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products  updated July 2004
     


    Interests
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  • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
     
  • Enterprising - Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products  updated June 2008
     


    Work Styles
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  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
     
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
     
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
     
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
     
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
     
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
     
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
     
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
     
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
     
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products  updated July 2004
     


    State of Vermont License Information
    that may be required for Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products
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    No state licenses listed for this occupation.
     


    Education and Training Requirements
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  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed
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  • Education: Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
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  • Training: Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
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  • Experience: Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products  updated July 2004
     


    Schools
    offering instructional programs related to Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products
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      Related Instructional Programs
     
    • Merchandising and Buying Operations
     
    • Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General
     
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    source: National Center for Education Statistics 2000 Classification of Instructional Programs .
     


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    source: Occupational Information Network: Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products 
     

     
     
     
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