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Purchasing Agent (General)

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

A Purchasing Agent is responsible for sourcing and purchasing goods or services on behalf of another party.

Job Outlook

There were 734 Purchasing Agent (General) job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 22977 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Buyer / Purchasing Agent industry, which includes the Purchasing Agent (General) career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2015:

Salary

Many new Purchasing Agent (General) 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 $57,354.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $56,870.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Purchasing Agent (General) postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $44,538.

Education and Experience

Posted Purchasing Agent (General) 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 Degree10.72%
Bachelor's Degree36.78%
Master's Degree3.41%
Doctoral Degree2.48%
Other27%

Posted Purchasing Agent (General) 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 years51.5%
3 to 5 years41.85%
6 to 8 years4.44%
9+ years2.21%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Purchasing Agent (General) 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 (39.76%)
  • Management (26.67%)
  • Customer Service (23.39%)
  • Sales (22.52%)
  • Detail Oriented (20.45%)
  • Microsoft Excel (18.58%)
  • Research (18.09%)
  • Negotiation (16.89%)
  • Microsoft Office (16.22%)
  • Operations (15.46%)

Defining Skills

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

  • Procurement (40.53%)
  • Purchasing (84.9%)

Necessary Skills

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

  • Inventory Management (10.83%)
  • Supply Chain (11.9%)
  • Warehousing (8.48%)
  • Finance (10.85%)
  • Invoicing (17.86%)
  • Supply Chain Management (7.44%)
  • Marketing (6.17%)
  • Quotations (4.24%)
  • Accounting (15.08%)
  • Project Management (10.18%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Purchasing Agent (General) skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Purchasing Agent
  • Purchasing Coordinator
  • Purchasing Specialist
  • Vehicle Acquisition Manager
  • Purchaser
  • Purchasing Analyst
  • Buyer/Purchasing Agent
  • Buyer
  • Buyers Agent
  • Purchasing Associate

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 Purchasing Agent (General) jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • AutoNation (468)
  • Robert Half (434)
  • United States Department of Veterans Affairs (248)
  • Guidehouse (241)
  • GPAC (202)
  • Aston Carter (177)
  • Marriott International (147)
  • Menards (136)
  • Ces Agency (97)
  • Schnitzer Steel (93)

North Carolina

  • Robert Half (20)
  • Boro Realty Group (12)
  • North Carolina State University (10)
  • TRI Pointe Group (10)
  • UNC Health (10)
  • Jerry Hunt Supercenter (9)
  • Actalent (8)
  • Compass Group (8)
  • Limitless Associates Limited (7)
  • AutoNation (7)

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!