Purchasing Managers

General Information

Description

Plan, direct, or coordinate the activities of buyers, purchasing officers, and related workers involved in purchasing materials, products, and services. Includes wholesale or retail trade merchandising managers and procurement managers.

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Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit72.85%
  2. Federal government11.03%
  3. State and local government9.10%
  4. Private, not for profit5.54%
  5. Self-employed1.44%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Job Outlook

Overall employment of purchasing managers, buyers, and purchasing agents is projected to decline 4 percent from 2020 to 2030. Despite declining employment, about 45,800 openings for purchasing managers, buyers, and purchasing agents are projected each year, on average, over the decade. All of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to other occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$125,940

Military salary*

$107,269

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State-by-state Salary

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$160,450
$56,710
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Bachelor's degree 75%
  • Master's degree 10%
  • Associate's degree 10%
  • Post baccalaureate 5%
  • High school 0%
  • Some college 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 0%

Related College Majors

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Knowledge

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Mathematics
  • Computers and Electronics

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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