Purchasing Agents and Officers

(NOC 1225)

in All Business, Finance, and Administration

Purchasing agents and officers purchase general and specialized equipment, materials, land or access rights and business services for use or for further processing by their organization. They work throughout the public and private sectors. Purchasing agents and officers may specialize in buying specific materials or business services like furniture or office equipment.

Job Outlook

Average

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  • Estimate Stable employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 70 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2019

Compared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration

  • Estimate -1305 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 4210 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “average”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is comparable to the average for all occupations in Nova Scotia. This is a moderate sized occupation in Nova Scotia so some job opportunities may occur through turnover. The number employed in this occupation is expected to remain largely the same over the next few years. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Purchasing Agents and Officers most commonly work full-time hours.

The median employment income for 78% of Purchasing Agents and Officers who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $52,448. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

$19.23

Minimum

$26.00

Median

$45.67

Maximum

Annual Pay

$24,953

Minimum

$50,671

Median

$80,371

Maximum

Compared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration

Hourly Pay

$14.00

Minimum

$27.85

Median

$38.46

Maximum

Annual Pay

$6,754

Minimum

$36,515

Median

$70,271

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Purchasing agents and officers purchase general and specialized equipment, materials, land or access rights and business services for use or for further processing by their organization. They work throughout the public and private sectors. Purchasing agents and officers may specialize in buying specific materials or business services like furniture or office equipment.

Job duties

Purchasing agents and officers:

  • Buy general and specialized equipment, materials, land or access rights, or business services for use or for further processing by their organization.
  • Assess requirements of an organization and develop specifications for equipment, materials and supplies to be purchased.
  • Invite tenders, consult with suppliers and review quotes.
  • Negotiate contract terms and conditions, award supplier contracts or recommend contract awards.
  • Organize logistics of delivery schedules, monitor progress and contact clients and suppliers to solve problems.
  • Negotiate land purchase or access rights for public or private use and may carry out field investigations of properties.
  • May hire, train or supervise purchasing clerks.

Sample job titles

  • advertising buyer
  • contract management officer
  • contracts officer
  • energy asset surface land analyst
  • furniture and furnishings purchaser
  • government supply officer
  • material management officer
  • procurement officer
  • purchasing agent
  • right-of-way agent

Skills

You need excellent communication, organizational and interpersonal skills. You must have good negotiation skills and be attentive to detail. The ability to analyze detailed information accurately and quickly is necessary to make decisions. You must have initiative and be willing to accept new ideas and take risks. You must be efficient and aware of customer needs. Familiarity with computers would be helpful.

Job requirements

  • A bachelor's degree or college diploma in business administration, commerce or economics.
  • Purchasing agents and officers purchasing specialized materials or business services may need a related university degree or college diploma. For example, a bachelor's degree or college diploma in engineering may be necessary for purchasers of industrial products.
  • Supply Chain Management Professional (SCMP) from Supply Chain Canada may be required.
  • Experience as a purchasing clerk or as an administrative clerk may be required.
  • Certification from the International Right of Way Association (IRWA) may be required.

Other considerations

Movement to managerial positions is possible with experience.

By the numbers

Quick look

895

employed in 2016

93.9%

employed full-time

4.5%

self employed

41.9%
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58.1%
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49.7

median age

Compared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration

63,775

employed in 2016

78.4%

employed full-time

6.6%

self employed

73.4%
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26.6%
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47.9

median age

Where will I likely work?

58.1%

Halifax

14.5%

Annapolis Valley

12.8%

North Shore

8.9%

Southern

5.6%

Cape Breton

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

31.7%

Public administration

17.7%

Manufacturing

9.1%

Wholesale trade

8.5%

Retail trade

5.5%

Construction

What is the age of Employment?

32.0%

45-54

28.0%

55-64

22.0%

35-44

11.0%

25-34

4.0%

65+

2.0%

15-24

Compared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration

26.3%

45-54

22.6%

55-64

19.4%

35-44

16.7%

25-34

7.5%

65+

Top levels of education

28.7%

College Diploma

$50,610 median annual income
28.1%

High school

$45,754 median annual income
21.3%

Bachelor

$54,926 median annual income
12.4%

Apprenticeship

$51,054 median annual income
3.4%

Less than high school

N/A

Compared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration

33.8%

College Diploma

$36,304 median annual income
23.8%

High school

$32,903 median annual income
22.8%

Bachelor

$41,755 median annual income
5.8%

Apprenticeship

$34,807 median annual income
4.9%

Less than high school

$23,174 median annual income

Education & training

Applied economics

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

This instructional program class includes any program that focuses on the application of economic principles and analytical techniques to the study of particular industries, activities, or the exploitation of particular resources. These programs include courses in economic theory; microeconomic analysis and modelling of specific industries and commodities; the economic consequences of resource allocation decisions; regulatory and consumer factors; and the technical aspects of specific subjects as they relate to economic analysis.

Institutions providing this program

Saint Mary's University

923 Robie Street

Halifax, NS B3H 3C3

(902) 420-5400

Business administration and management - General

This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.

This instructional program class includes any program that generally prepares individuals to plan, organize, direct, and control the functions and processes of a firm or organization. These programs include courses in management theory, human resources management and behaviour, accounting and other quantitative methods, purchasing and logistics, organization and production, marketing, and business decision-making.

Institutions providing this program

Maritime Business College

800 Sackville Drive

Lower Sackville, NS B4E 1R8

(902) 463-6700

Academy of Learning Career College - Halifax

6960 Mumford Road, Suite 155-1st Floor Mumford Professional Centre

Halifax, NS B3L 4P1

(902) 455-3395

Acadia University

15 University Avenue

Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6

(902) 542-2201

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

Mount Saint Vincent University

166 Bedford Highway

Halifax, NS B3M 2J6

(902) 457-6117

Universite Sainte-Anne

Siège Social: 1695, Route 1

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0

(902) 769-2114

St. Francis Xavier University

PO Box 5000

Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5

(902) 867-2219

Saint Mary's University

923 Robie Street

Halifax, NS B3H 3C3

(902) 420-5400

Cape Breton University

PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6L2

(888) 959-9995

Nova Scotia Community College - Annapolis Valley Campus

50 Elliott Road

Middleton, NS B0S 1M0

(902) 825-3491

Nova Scotia Community College - Cumberland Campus

PO Box 550, 1 Main Street

Springhill, NS B0M 1X0

(902) 597-3737

Nova Scotia Community College - Burridge Campus

372 Pleasant Street

Yarmouth, NS B5A 2L2

(902) 742-3501

Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus

236 Belcher Street

Kentville, NS B4N 0A6

(902) 678-7341

Nova Scotia Community College - Lunenburg Campus

75 High Street

Bridgewater, NS B4V 1V8

(902) 543-4608

Nova Scotia Community College - Pictou Campus & School of Fisheries

PO Box 820, 39 Acadia Avenue

Stellarton, NS B0K 1S0

(902) 752-2002

Nova Scotia Community College - Strait Area Campus & Nautical Institute

226 Reeves Street

Port Hawkesbury, NS B9A 2A2

(902) 625-2380

Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus

PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6J7

(902) 563-2450

Nova Scotia Community College - Truro Campus

36 Arthur Street

Truro, NS B2N 1X5

(902) 893-5385

Nova Scotia Community College - Ivany Campus

80 Mawiomi Place

Dartmouth, NS B2Y 0A5

(902) 491-1100

Nova Scotia Community College - Online Learning

Unit 37, 115 Chain Lake Drive

Halifax, NS B3S 1B3

(877) 491-6774

Business administration, management and operations - Other

This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.

This instructional program class includes any program not listed above that relates to Business Administration, Management and Operations.

There are no schools in Nova Scotia offering this program.

Business/commerce - General

This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.

This instructional program class includes any program that focuses on the general study of business, including the processes of interchanging goods and services (buying, selling and producing), business organization, and accounting as used in profit-making and non-profit public and private institutions and agencies. The program prepares individuals to apply business principles and techniques in various occupational settings.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

University of King's College

6350 Coburg Road

Halifax, NS B3H 2A1

(902) 422-1271

Universite Sainte-Anne

Siège Social: 1695, Route 1

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0

(902) 769-2114

Saint Mary's University

923 Robie Street

Halifax, NS B3H 3C3

(902) 420-5400

Economics - General

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

This instructional program class includes any general program that focuses on the systematic study of the production, conservation and allocation of resources in conditions of scarcity, together with the organizational frameworks related to these processes. These programs include courses in economic theory, microeconomics and macroeconomics, comparative economic systems, money and banking systems, international economics, quantitative analytical methods, and applications to specific industries and public policy issues.

Institutions providing this program

Acadia University

15 University Avenue

Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6

(902) 542-2201

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

University of King's College

6350 Coburg Road

Halifax, NS B3H 2A1

(902) 422-1271

Mount Saint Vincent University

166 Bedford Highway

Halifax, NS B3M 2J6

(902) 457-6117

St. Francis Xavier University

PO Box 5000

Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5

(902) 867-2219

Saint Mary's University

923 Robie Street

Halifax, NS B3H 3C3

(902) 420-5400

Cape Breton University

PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6L2

(888) 959-9995

Employment requirements & contacts

Regulations

Suppy Chain Management Professional

Professional Designation: Professional designation exists and shows that the holder has met the standards for the job. Employers may require professional designation, but professional designation is not necessary to do this work.

Regulating body:
Supply Chain Canada - Nova Scotia Institute
P.O. Box 21 CRO
Halifax, NS B3J 2L4
(902) 425-4029

Contacts

Supply Chain Canada - Nova Scotia Institute
P.O. Box 21 CRO
Halifax, NS B3J 2L4
Tel: (902) 425-4029
International Right of Way Association
19210 South Vermont Avenue
Gardena, CA, USA 90248
Tel: (310) 538-0233
Fax: (310) 538-1471

Job postings

There are currently no job postings for this occupation.