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Materials Analyst

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

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 30 Materials Analyst job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 683 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 2012:

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 $56,273.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $57,180.

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 $48,835.

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 Degree9%
Bachelor's Degree56%
Master's Degree9%
Doctoral Degree0%
Other26%

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 years45%
3 to 5 years50%
6 to 8 years2%
9+ years4%

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.

  • Planning (45%)
  • Microsoft Excel (44%)
  • Communication Skills (35%)
  • Problem Solving (30%)
  • Microsoft Office (26%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Materials Analysis (84%)
  • Scheduling (34%)
  • Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) (32%)
  • Purchasing (30%)
  • SAP (30%)

Necessary Skills

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

  • Inventory Control (11%)
  • Inventory Maintenance (9%)
  • Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) (9%)
  • Packaging (8%)
  • Root Cause Analysis (8%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Materials Planning (7%)
  • Demand Planning (6%)
  • Expediting Orders (6%)
  • Materials Control (5%)
  • Bill of Materials (5%)

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed along with the marginal value: the average salary difference between postings that request that skill and those that do not.

  • Logistics Analysis (1%) – marginal value $1,603

Alternative Job Titles

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

  • Senior Materials Analyst
  • Bill Of Materials Analyst
  • Raw Materials Analyst
  • Materials Analyst II

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

  • Adient (21)
  • Eurofins Scientific (20)
  • Eaton (13)
  • Johnson Controls Incorporated (12)
  • Raytheon (11)

North Carolina

  • UNC Health Care System (3)
  • Bepc (2)
  • Cogent Infotech Corporation (2)
  • Datamatics Global Services Inc (2)
  • Qorvo (2)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

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