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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 Administrator, Contract Analyst, Contract Specialist   (view all job titles)
 
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    Wages
    for Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2015
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 16.60   $ 20.49   $ 25.95   $ 33.29   $ 40.12   $ 27.12  
    Yearly $34,530   $42,620   $53,970   $69,230   $83,460   $56,410  
     
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 19.03   $ 22.93   $ 28.39   $ 36.03   $ 42.75   $ 29.76  
    Yearly $39,580   $47,690   $59,050   $74,930   $88,920   $61,890  
     
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 16.31   $ 19.96   $ 23.66   $ 29.76   $ 37.60   $ 25.35  
    Yearly $33,920   $41,520   $49,210   $61,900   $78,200   $52,720  
     
     Northern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 14.87   $ 17.55   $ 23.42   $ 28.61   $ 33.93   $ 23.58  
    Yearly $30,940   $36,500   $48,710   $59,520   $70,570   $49,040  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2016.
    Note: 2015 release includes new geographic definitions based on 2010 Census.
     


    Employment Trends
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    (compounded)
    Annual job openings
    (due to growth and
    net replacements)
    2012 2022
    Vermont 660 687 0.4% 15
    Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA 356 356 0.0% 6
    Southern Vermont Balance of State 167 179 0.7% 4
    Northern Vermont Balance of State 147 161 0.9% 4
    Note: Substate areas are based on 2005 definitions from 2000 Census. 2014-2024 estimates, released in 2016, will be based on new area definitions from 2010 Census.
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released August 2014, area estimates released October 2014.
     


    Industries of Employment
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    Industry Vermont
    2012
    Employment
    Percent
    of Total
    Total All Industries 660 100%
    Goods Producing 346 52%
    Manufacturing 324 49%
    Manufacturing 324 49%
    Services Providing 283 43%
    Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing 142 22%
    Government 83 13%
    Trade, Transportation, and Utilities 67 10%
    Education and Health Services 57 9%
    Total Federal Government Employment 57 9%
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released August 2014.
     


    Tasks
    for Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products
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  • 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.
     
  • Research and evaluate suppliers based on price, quality, selection, service, support, availability, reliability, production and distribution capabilities, and the supplier's reputation and history.
     
  • Negotiate, renegotiate, and administer contracts with suppliers, vendors, and other representatives.
     
  • Analyze price proposals, financial reports, and other data and information to determine reasonable prices.
     
  • Maintain and review computerized or manual records of items purchased, costs, deliveries, product performance, and inventories.
     
  • Write and review product specifications, maintaining a working technical knowledge of the goods or services to be purchased.
     
  • Formulate policies and procedures for bid proposals and procurement of goods and services.
     
  • Evaluate and monitor contract performance to ensure compliance with contractual obligations and to determine need for changes.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products  updated July 2011
     


    Knowledge
    for Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products
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  • 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.
     
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
     
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
     
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
     
  • Transportation - Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products  updated July 2011
     


    Skills
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  • 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.
     
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
     
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
     
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
     
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
     
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
     
  • Management of Financial Resources - Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.
     
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
     
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
     
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products  updated July 2011
     


    Abilities
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  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
     
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
     
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
     
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
     
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
     
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
     
  • 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.
     
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
     
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
     
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products  updated July 2011
     


    Work Activities
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  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
     
  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships - Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
     
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others - Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Developing and Building Teams - Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
     
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events - Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products  updated July 2011
     


    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.
     
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
     
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
     
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
     
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products  updated July 2011
     


    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
    for Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products
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  • Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed
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  • Education: Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
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  • Training: Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
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  • Experience: A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products  updated July 2011
     


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


    Other Resources
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  • Labor Exchange Information
  • A source for occupational characteristics, such as age, gender, race, and years of education and an alternative source for occupational wage rates. Limited to people looking for jobs and the jobs advertised through VDOL Vermont Job Link.
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  • Occupational Outlook Handbook
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    Handbook occupations related to Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products :
  • Purchasing Managers, Buyers, and Purchasing Agents
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products 
     

     
     
     
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