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Occupational Report for Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products (13-1023) in the Multnomah / Washington region
Occupational Description

Purchase machinery, equipment, tools, parts, supplies, or services necessary for the operation of an establishment. Purchase raw or semi-finished materials for manufacturing. Excludes "Buyers and Purchasing Agents, Farm Products" (13-1021) and "Wholesale and Retail Buyers, Except Farm Products" (13-1022).

Employment Outlook for Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products
Statewide Employment Analysis Employment in this occupation in 2012 was somewhat larger than the statewide average for all occupations. The total number of job openings is projected to be somewhat higher than the statewide average number of job openings for all occupations through 2022. This occupation is expected to grow at a somewhat slower rate than the statewide average growth rate for all occupations through 2022.

Reasonable employment opportunities exist for trained workers.

Regional Employment Analysis Employment in this occupation in 2012 was somewhat larger than the regional average for all occupations. The total number of job openings is projected to be somewhat higher than the regional average number of job openings for all occupations through 2022. This occupation is expected to grow at a somewhat slower rate than the regional average growth rate for all occupations through 2022.
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Current Employment Department Job Openings for Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products There are 21 current openings for this occupation in the Multnomah / Washington region. Openings 1 through 21 are listed below.
Job Title Date Posted Location Wage Offered
Buyer, Commodity/Value Analyst 7/22/14 Portland
Sourcing Analyst Technology\Digital Procurement 7/22/14 Portland
Senior Buyer 7/22/14 Portland
Buyer, Commodity/Value Analyst 7/18/14 Portland
Materials Planner - Materials Planning, Purchasing, Manufacturin 7/18/14 Beaverton
Course Materials Buyer - Sylvania 7/17/14 Portland $3,255/mo to $3,325/mo
Buyer 7/16/14 Tualatin Neg.
Contract Acquisition Specialist/Administrator 1 - JP#6239 7/16/14 Portland $40,000/yr
Procurement Specialist 7/3/14 Portland
Purchase Planning Analyst Emerging Markets 7/2/14 Portland
Purchase Planning Analyst - Emerging Markets 7/1/14 Portland
Supply Chain Professional 6/30/14 Tualatin Neg.
Supplier Relations Analyst (Career or Senior level) 6/24/14 Portland
Purchasing Analyst 6/22/14 Beaverton
Purchasing Assistant 6/22/14 Portland
Frozen Buyer/Specialist 5/23/14 Hillsboro
Buyer I 5/22/14 Portland $3,217/mo DOE
BUYER OR PURCHASING AGENT 4/25/14 Portland
BUYER JOB OPENING IN PORTLAND, OR 4/25/14 Portland
Bakery Buyer/Specialist 4/18/14 Tigard
BUYER OR PURCHASING AGENT 2/28/14 Portland
Job Openings from the Web for Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products The following job openings have been automatically extracted from various sites across the Web. These links are provided as supplemental resources. However, the Employment Department cannot validate these openings nor endorse any of these external sites. Some of these jobs may no longer be open. In some cases, a single opening may be posted on multiple sites.

There are 45 current openings for this occupation in the Multnomah / Washington region. Openings 1 through 26 are listed below.

Job Title Date Posted Location Employer
Assistant Buyer 7/22/14 Tualatin Aerotek
Purchasing 7/21/14 Portland Accountemps
Purchasing/Buyer - Temp to Perm (Manufacturing) 7/21/14 Portland Accountemps
Buyer Commodity/Value Analyst 7/20/14 Portland Oregon Health & Science University
Sourcing Analyst Technology'digital Procurement 7/18/14 Portland Nike
Senior Buyer 7/18/14 Portland Providence Health & Services
Contract Acquisition Specialist job in Portland Oregon 7/18/14 Portland Adecco Technical
Sourcing Analyst Technology'digital Procurement 7/17/14 Portland Nike
Procurement Specialist 7/17/14 Portland PacifiCorp
Course Materials Buyer - Sylvania Bookstore 7/17/14 Portland Portland Community College
Sourcing Analyst - Technology/Digital Procurement 7/17/14 Portland Nike
Course Materials Buyer - Sylvania Bookstore 7/16/14 Portland Portland Community College
Course Materials Buyer - Sylvania Bookstore 7/16/14 Portland Portland Community College
Contract/Acquisition Specialist/Administrator 7/15/14 Portland VanderHouwen & Associates
(CL 2359) Purchasing Agent 7/15/14 Beaverton
Buyer 7/15/14 Tualatin The Superior Group
Contract/Acquisition Specialist/Administrator #22285 7/15/14 Portland
Contract Acquisition Specialist (2438) 7/15/14 Portland
Senior Sourcing Specialist 7/15/14 Portland Knowledge Universe
Contract Acquisition Specialist Administrator (2437) 7/15/14 Portland
Outside Buyer 7/14/14 Portland Schnitzer
Buyer / Planner 7/14/14 Hillsboro Mastercraft Furniture Inc.
Buyer - Offshore / Raw Materials 7/14/14 Portland Gunderson LLC
Materials Planner - Materials Planning Purchasing Manufacturin 7/12/14 Beaverton CyberCoders
PURCHASING ADMIN 7/11/14 Portland VanderHouwen & Associates
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State of Oregon License Information for Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products No statewide license is required for this occupation.
Wages for Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products
Region ---------------- 2014 Wages ----------------
Percentiles (hourly wages) Avg
Hourly
($/hr)
Avg
Annual
10th 25th 50th
(median)
75th 90th
Oregon Statewide $17.76 $21.57 $27.08 $33.81 $40.50 $28.08 $58,397
Multnomah / Washington 19.18 22.88 28.31 34.82 41.80 29.20 60,742
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Regional Employment Projections for Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products
Region Employment Change % Change Projected Annual Openings
2012 2022 Growth Replacement Total
Oregon Statewide 3,096 3,472 376 12.1% 38 56 94
Multnomah / Washington 1,458 1,630 172 11.8% 17 26 43

These estimates do not include self-employment. Replacement openings are caused by existing workers permanently leaving their occupation. Many additional job openings occur due to job changes within occupations.
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Industries of Employment for Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products
Industry
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Ownership 2012
Employment
Total All Industries All 1,458
Total All Industries Private 1,236
Construction Private 73
Construction of Buildings Private 16
Specialty Trade Contractors Private 55
Building Equipment Contractors Private 46
Manufacturing Private 604
Food Manufacturing Private 30
Printing and Related Support Activities Private 17
Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing Private 18
Plastics Product Manufacturing Private 14
Primary Metal Manufacturing Private 14
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing Private 60
Cutlery and Handtool Manufacturing Private 15
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing Private 20
Machinery Manufacturing Private 92
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing Private 35
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing Private 32
Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing Private 219
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing Private 21
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing Private 124
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing Private 61
Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing Private 22
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing Private 37
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing Private 26
Office Furniture (including Fixtures) Manufacturing Private 18
Miscellaneous Manufacturing Private 30
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing Private 19
Wholesale Trade Private 66
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods Private 50
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers Private 17
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers Private 12
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods Private 12
Retail Trade Private 12
Transportation and Warehousing Private 17
Information Private 19
Finance and Insurance Private 14
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services Private 67
Scientific Research and Development Services Private 15
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services Private 34
Management of Companies and Enterprises Private 195
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services Private 41
Administrative and Support Services Private 41
Employment Services Private 31
Health Care and Social Assistance Private 59
Ambulatory Health Care Services Private 12
Hospitals Private 45
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals Private 39
Other Services (except Government) Private 29
Repair and Maintenance Private 28
Automotive Repair and Maintenance Private 12
Total All Industries Federal 108
Federal Government, Excluding Post Office Federal 107
Total All Industries Local 105
Transportation and Warehousing Local 29
Support Activities for Transportation Local 21
Support Activities for Air Transportation Local 21
Educational Services Local 29
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools Local 23
Local Government, Excluding Education and Hospitals Local 39
Educational Requirements for Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products The typical entry level education for this occupation is a Bachelor's degree. In addition, long-term on-the-job training is typically needed, once employed, to attain competency in the skills needed in this occupation.
Skills for Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products
  • Analyze And Evaluate Economic Data
  • Analyze And Monitor Sales Activity And Trend
  • Analyze Data To Discover Facts In Case
  • Analyze Statistical Data
  • Apply Cost Analysis Theory
  • Apply Mathematical Principles To Accounting, Bookkeeping Or Budgeting
  • Apply Real Estate Terminology
  • Assist With Business And Managerial Research
  • Communicate Details Concisely And Consistently
  • Compile Mathematical And Statistical Data
  • Complete Purchase Requisitions
  • Compose Business Correspondence
  • Conduct Qualitative Analysis
  • Coordinate Production Materials And Processes
  • Design Tables Depicting Data
  • Develop And Maintain Administrative Services Policies And Procedures
  • Develop Budgets
  • Direct Or Coordinate Activities Of Operations Department Of Air, Motor, Rail, Or Water Transportation Organization
  • Facilitate Meetings
  • Interpret And Apply Real Estate Sales Regulations
  • Interpret And Explain Governmental And Organizational Rules, Policies And Regulations
  • Manage Contracts
  • Manage Inventories And Supplies
  • Monitor Construction Projects To Ensure Compliance With Plans
  • Monitor Consumer And Marketing Trends
  • Negotiate Business Contracts
  • Negotiate Real Estate Sales And Rental Contracts
  • Obtain Information From Clients, Customers, Patients Or Others
  • Prepare Contracts
  • Prepare Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Prepare Reports In Timely Manner
  • Price Merchandise
  • Prioritize Tasks
  • Process And Prepare Business Forms
  • Process Records And Maintain Forms And Files
  • Recognize And Evaluate Product Quality
  • Research And Apply Land Use Regulations
  • Understand Sales Contracts
  • Understand, Use, And Communicate Technical Information
  • Use Algebra
  • Use Appraisal Techniques When Purchasing Or Trading Merchandise
  • Use Computers To Enter, Access And Retrieve Data
  • Use Computers To Organize And Locate Parts And Inventory
  • Use Correct Grammar, Punctuation And Spelling
  • Use Inventory Control Procedures
  • Use Project Management Techniques
  • Use Sources Of Supply In Purchasing
  • Verify That Information Is Complete And Accurate
  • Work As A Team Member
  • Write Request For Proposals Or Bids
Schools and Training Providers for Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products The training providers listed below offer programs related to this occupation. This information is updated once per year. Anyone interested in a particular program should check with the training institution regarding its availability. Listing these training providers does not necessarily constitute or imply their endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the State of Oregon.

Southwestern Oregon Community College
1988 Newmark Ave
Coos Bay, OR 97420-2193
Phone: (541) 888-2525
Programs of Training:
Clackamas Community College
19600 Molalla Ave
Oregon City, OR 97045-8980
Phone: (503) 657-6958 x2313
Programs of Training:
Career Pathway Roadmaps for Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products No Career Pathway links were found for this occupation.
Related Occupations The scores listed below indicates how closely the skills for Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products matches the occupation in the list. A score of 100% means the occupations have identical skill sets. A maximum of 10 occupations are displayed below.
Occupation Skill Overlap
Procurement Clerks 41%
Wholesale And Retail Buyers, Except Farm Products 34%