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Materials Analyst

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

A Materials Analyst evaluates material needs and material costs for production and logistics processes of a company. May work closely with Inventory Analyst to analyze the inventory ordering process. Uses statistical models to predict material requirements and costs.

Job Outlook

There were 205 Materials Analyst job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 6144 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Logistics / Supply Chain Analyst industry, which includes the Materials Analyst career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2015:

Salary

Many new Materials Analyst jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $60,265.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $59,240.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Materials Analyst postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $42,700.

Education and Experience

Posted Materials Analyst jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree12.09%
Bachelor's Degree39.68%
Master's Degree10.21%
Doctoral Degree1.69%
Other35.17%

Posted Materials Analyst jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years48.28%
3 to 5 years40.07%
6 to 8 years7.55%
9+ years4.11%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Materials Analyst positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Communication (29.61%)
  • Management (26.17%)
  • Operations (23.16%)
  • Microsoft Excel (19.51%)
  • Planning (17.29%)
  • Detail Oriented (15.14%)
  • Problem Solving (14.55%)
  • Customer Service (12.45%)
  • Microsoft Office (12.43%)
  • Computer Literacy (10.9%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Materials Management (20.54%)
  • Inventory Control (10.76%)
  • Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) (6.2%)
  • Machinery (4.2%)
  • Procurement (14.73%)
  • Purchasing (23.23%)
  • Material Requirements Planning (15.42%)
  • Project Management (13.56%)
  • Supplier Performance Management (3.03%)
  • SAP Applications (18.22%)
  • Cycle Counting (11.5%)
  • Supply Chain Management (9.46%)
  • Soil Science (5.97%)
  • Inventory Management (15.4%)
  • Environment Health And Safety (5.83%)
  • Supply Chain (21.92%)
  • Production Planning (7.32%)
  • Auditing (14.71%)
  • Materials Testing (1.95%)
  • Warehousing (17.88%)
  • Materials Planning (15.58%)
  • Metallurgy (5.74%)
  • Data Analysis (10.14%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Materials Analyst skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Materials Technician
  • Materials Planning Analyst
  • Construction Materials Technician
  • Material Control Analyst
  • Materials Clerk
  • Materials Management Analyst
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Metallurgical Technician
  • Management Analyst

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Materials Analyst jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Randstad (161)
  • Actalent (127)
  • Raytheon Technologies (82)
  • Northrop Grumman (72)
  • Honeywell International (71)
  • UCHealth (65)
  • Eurofins (63)
  • Penske Automotive Group (57)
  • Disability Solutions (57)
  • Select Medical (57)

North Carolina

  • Actalent (7)
  • Aevex Aerospace (7)
  • Randstad (7)
  • TE Connectivity (6)
  • Hitachi (6)
  • Mountaire Farms (6)
  • Eurofins (5)
  • Summit Engineering, Laboratory & Testing (4)
  • Atrium Health (4)
  • Assembly Technologies (4)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!