Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 11-3061 Purchasing Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate the activities of buyers, purchasing officers, and related workers involved in purchasing materials, products, and services. Include wholesale or retail trade merchandising managers and procurement managers.
Education: Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
OJT: Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
Tasks: Represent companies in negotiating contracts and formulating policies with suppliers. Direct and coordinate activities of personnel engaged in buying, selling, and distributing materials, equipment, machinery, and supplies. Interview and hire staff, and oversee staff training. Locate vendors of materials, equipment or supplies, and interview them to determine product availability and terms of sales. Prepare and process requisitions and purchase orders for supplies and equipment. Develop and implement purchasing and contract management instructions, policies, and procedures. Maintain records of goods ordered and received. Participate in the development of specifications for equipment, products or substitute materials. Analyze market and delivery systems to assess present and future material availability. Resolve vendor or contractor grievances, and claims against suppliers. Control purchasing department budgets. Review, evaluate, and approve specifications for issuing and awarding bids. Review purchase order claims and contracts for conformance to company policy. Administer online purchasing systems. Prepare reports regarding market conditions and merchandise costs.
License: License not required.
Outlook: Satisfactory
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $36.83   Entry $76,596.00
Mean $53.78   Mean $111,867.00
Experience $62.26 Experience $129,498.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

Alabama Projections
Estimated Employment 2016Projected Employment 2026Annual Average OpeningsAnnual Growth Rate
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