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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. Include contract specialists, field contractors, purchasers, price analysts, tooling coordinators, and media buyers. Exclude "Purchasing Agents and Buyers, 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 2010 was somewhat larger than the statewide average for all occupations. This occupation is expected to grow at about the statewide average rate for all occupations through 2020. The total number of job openings is projected to be somewhat higher than the statewide average number of job openings for all occupations through 2020.

Reasonable employment opportunities exist for trained workers largely due to the need to fill replacement job openings.

Regional Employment Analysis Employment in this occupation in 2010 was somewhat larger than the regional average for all occupations. This occupation is expected to grow at about the regional average rate for all occupations through 2020. The total number of job openings is projected to be somewhat higher than the regional average number of job openings for all occupations through 2020.
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Current Employment Department Job Openings for Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products There are 17 current openings for this occupation in the Multnomah / Washington region. Openings 1 through 17 are listed below.
Job Title Date Posted Location Wage Offered
Senior Buyer (L7) 4/15/14 Portland
Frozen Buyer/Specialist 4/13/14 Hillsboro
Frozen Buyer/Specialist 4/13/14 Hillsboro
Buyer, Procurement Services 4/13/14 Portland
Material Planner/Buyer in Portland, OR 4/11/14 Portland
Contract/Acquisition Specialist Administrator 2 4/4/14 Portland
Buyer 3/28/14 Portland
Strategic Senior Services Buyer 3/28/14 Portland
Metal Buyer / Secondary Driver 3/25/14 Beaverton $13.50/hr
Inventory and Purchasing Lead 3/23/14 Portland
Purchasing Specialist - Gresham - (DM17267) 3/6/14 Gresham
BUYER OR PURCHASING AGENT 2/28/14 Portland
Factored Goods Buyer (15981) 2/26/14 Portland DOE
Factored Goods Procurement Intern (16021) 2/26/14 Portland DOE
Buyer Sr- TEMP - 5052 2/14/14 Hillsboro $40,000/yr to $60,000/yr DOE
Junior Buyer (ADVM) 1/29/14 Portland DOE
Buyer / Sr Buyer (11041) (ADVM) 1/28/14 Portland DOE
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 40 current openings for this occupation in the Multnomah / Washington region. Openings 1 through 26 are listed below.

Job Title Date Posted Location Employer
Senior Buyer (L7) 4/11/14 Portland Daimler Trucks North America
Senior Buyer 4/11/14 Portland Daimler Trucks North America
Buyer Procurement Services 4/10/14 Portland Providence Health & Services
Strategic Senior Services Buyer 4/9/14 Portland Banfield The Pet Hospital
BUYER/PLANNER 4/8/14 Hillsboro Acumed LLC
Part Time Purchasing Assistant 4/4/14 Portland Volt
Part Time Purchasing Assistant 4/4/14 Portland Volt Information Sciences
Buyer 4/2/14 Portland PacifiCorp
Buyer 4/1/14 Portland Ajilon Professional Staffing
Buyer Job Opening in Portland OR 4/1/14 Portland Ajilon Professional Staffing
Buyer or Purchasing Agent 4/1/14 Portland Ajilon Professional Staffing
Buyer 3/31/14 Portland Ajilon Professional Staffing
Buyer 3/31/14 Portland Ajilon Professional Staffing
Buyer 3/28/14 Portland PacifiCorp
Contract Acquisition Specialist 2 - UP to $60K! 3/28/14 Portland Appleone
Production Analyst 3/28/14 Portland Nike
Purchasing Assistant 3/27/14 Portland Adecco
Car Purchasing Agent ($1000-2000 per car) 3/27/14 Portland Classic Business Group LLC
Strategic Senior Services Buyer 3/27/14 Portland Banfield Pet Hospital/Mars Global Petcare
Buyer/Consigner 3/26/14 Gresham Ajilon Professional Staffing
Senior Strategic Services Buyer 3/25/14 Portland Banfield The Pet Hospital
Buyer/Purchasing Agent in Portland OR 3/25/14 Portland Randstad Custom
Buyer 3/21/14 Portland Boyd Corporation
Senior Media Planner / Buyer 3/21/14 Portland
BUYER JOB OPENING (PORTLAND OR) 3/19/14 Portland Ajilon Professional Staffing
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State of Oregon License Information for Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products No statewide license is required for this occupation.
Wages for Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products
Region ---------------- 2013 Wages ----------------
Percentiles (hourly wages) Avg
Hourly
($/hr)
Avg
Annual
10th 25th 50th
(median)
75th 90th
Oregon Statewide $17.51 $21.43 $26.89 $33.39 $40.30 $27.82 $57,868
Multnomah / Washington 18.87 22.82 28.27 34.77 42.38 29.21 60,754
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Regional Employment Projections for Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products
Region Employment Change % Change Projected Annual Openings
2010 2020 Growth Replacement Total
Oregon Statewide 2,910 3,370 460 15.8% 46 84 130
Multnomah / Washington 1,361 1,595 234 17.2% 23 40 63

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.
Data Sources and Limitations
Industries of Employment for Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products
Industry
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Ownership 2010
Employment
Construction Private 66
Construction of Buildings Private 15
Residential Building Construction Private 12
Specialty Trade Contractors Private 49
Building Equipment Contractors Private 41
Manufacturing Private 560
Food Manufacturing Private 20
Printing and Related Support Activities Private 18
Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing Private 15
Plastics Product Manufacturing Private 13
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing Private 12
Primary Metal Manufacturing Private 16
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing Private 45
Cutlery and Handtool Manufacturing Private 14
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing Private 12
Machinery Manufacturing Private 97
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing Private 46
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing Private 27
Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing Private 210
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing Private 18
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing Private 119
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing Private 58
Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing Private 15
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing Private 37
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing Private 14
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing Private 25
Office Furniture (including Fixtures) Manufacturing Private 18
Miscellaneous Manufacturing Private 20
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing Private 11
Wholesale Trade Private 67
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods Private 43
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods Private 17
Retail Trade Private 11
Transportation and Warehousing Private 28
Information Private 17
Finance and Insurance Private 23
Insurance Carriers and Related Activities Private 21
Insurance Carriers Private 21
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing Private 11
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services Private 70
Scientific Research and Development Services Private 18
Advertising and Related Services Private 35
Management of Companies and Enterprises Private 98
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services Private 52
Administrative and Support Services Private 52
Employment Services Private 38
Health Care and Social Assistance Private 49
Hospitals Private 40
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals Private 34
Accommodation and Food Services Private 16
Other Services (except Public Administration) Private 29
Repair and Maintenance Private 26
Automotive Repair and Maintenance Private 15
Federal Government (Non-Postal) Federal 102
Educational Services Local 28
Educational Requirements for Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products Workers typically need a Bachelor's degree to enter this occupation. 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 Monitor Sales Activity And Trend
  • Apply Cost Analysis Theory
  • Apply Mathematical Principles To Accounting, Bookkeeping Or Budgeting
  • Complete Purchase Requisitions
  • Develop Budgets
  • Manage Inventories And Supplies
  • Monitor Consumer And Marketing Trends
  • Obtain Information From Clients, Customers, Patients Or Others
  • Prepare Contracts
  • Price Merchandise
  • Process Records And Maintain Forms And Files
  • Recognize And Evaluate Product Quality
  • Understand Sales Contracts
  • Understand, Use, And Communicate Technical Information
  • Use Appraisal Techniques When Purchasing Or Trading Merchandise
  • Use Computers To Organize And Locate Parts And Inventory
  • Use Inventory Control Procedures
  • Use Sources Of Supply In Purchasing
  • 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:
Pioneer Pacific College
27501 SW Parkway Ave
Wilsonville, OR 97070-9296
Phone: (503) 682-3903
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
Wholesale And Retail Buyers, Except Farm Products 74%
Purchasing Agents And Buyers, Farm Products 37%