Purchasing and Inventory Control Workers

(NOC 1524)

in All Business, Finance, and Administration

Purchasing and inventory control workers process purchasing transactions and maintain inventories of materials, equipment and stock. They are employed by retail and wholesale establishments, manufacturing companies, government agencies and other establishments.

Job Outlook

Average

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  • Estimate decline slightly employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 30 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Moderate rate of unemployment in 2016

Compared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration

  • Estimate Moderate growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 6600 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2016

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 decline slightly over the next few years, which may affect the number of new opportunities available. 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 and Inventory Control Workers most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs are typically permanent positions.

The median employment income for 55% of Purchasing and Inventory Control Workers who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $43,017. 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

$12.00

Minimum

$17.00

Median

$26.74

Maximum

Annual Pay

$6,376

Minimum

$31,771

Median

$58,699

Maximum

Compared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration

Hourly Pay

$13.00

Minimum

$21.03

Median

$35.90

Maximum

Annual Pay

$6,754

Minimum

$36,515

Median

$70,271

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Purchasing and inventory control workers process purchasing transactions and maintain inventories of materials, equipment and stock. They are employed by retail and wholesale establishments, manufacturing companies, government agencies and other establishments.

Job duties

Purchasing control workers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Review requisition orders for accuracy and verify that materials, equipment and stock are not available from current inventories.
  • Source and obtain price quotations from catalogues and suppliers and prepare purchase orders.
  • Calculate cost of orders and charge or forward invoices to appropriate accounts.
  • Process purchases within purchasing authority.
  • Contact suppliers to schedule deliveries and to resolve shortages, missed deliveries and other problems.
  • Prepare and maintain purchasing files, reports and price lists.

Inventory control workers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Monitor inventory levels as materials, equipment and stock are issued, transferred within an establishment or sold to the public using manual or computerized inventory systems.
  • Compile inventory reports, recording the quantity, type and value of materials, equipment and stock on hand, using manual or computerized inventory systems.
  • Prepare requisition orders to replenish materials, equipment and stock.
  • Maintain stock rotation and dispose of and account for outdated stock.
  • Enter data for production scheduling, stock replenishment/relocation and inventory adjustments.
  • Reconcile physical inventories with computer counts.

Sample job titles

  • inventory clerk
  • inventory control clerk
  • inventory planner
  • procurement clerk
  • purchase order clerk
  • purchasing clerk
  • purchasing clerk assistant
  • purchasing control clerk
  • supply clerk

Skills

To work in these fields, you must be organized and attentive to detail. Your work must be accurate. Good communication skills are important. You need to be able to work as part of a team. Computer skills and the ability to work with technology may be helpful.

Job requirements

  • Completion of high school is usually required.
  • Courses in purchasing management may be required for purchasing clerks.
  • Courses in production and inventory management and ability to operate a computerized inventory system may be required for inventory clerks.

Other considerations

The duties of purchasing and inventory clerks may overlap in some establishments. Progression to supervisory positions or more senior jobs such as purchasing agent or retail buyer is possible with additional training or experience.

By the numbers

Quick look

605

employed in 2016

82.4%

employed full-time

1.7%

self employed

46.2%
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53.8%
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45.4

median age

Compared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration

63,775

employed in 2016

81.3%

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?

55.1%

Halifax

17.1%

Northern

13.9%

Annapolis Valley

10.1%

Southern

3.8%

Cape Breton

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

Northern

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

28.5%

Retail Trade

13.8%

Wholesale Trade

13.0%

Management, Admin & Other Support

11.4%

Public Administration

6.5%

Health Care and Social Assistance

What is the age of Employment?

33.3%

45-54

23.3%

25-34

20.0%

35-44

16.7%

55-64

5.0%

15-24

3.3%

65+

Compared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration

36.5%

45-54

28.0%

55-64

18.6%

35-44

10.7%

65+

6.0%

25-34

Top levels of education

42.3%

High school

$44,769 median annual income
30.1%

College certificate or diploma

$45,144 median annual income
10.9%

Bachelor's degree

$46,571 median annual income
9.0%

Less than high school

N/A
3.2%

Trades certificate

$63,344 median annual income

Compared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration

34.4%

College certificate or diploma

$33,837 median annual income
23.7%

High school

$30,074 median annual income
22.9%

Bachelor's degree

$39,473 median annual income
5.8%

Trades certificate

$32,871 median annual income
4.7%

Less than high school

$23,775 median annual income

Education & training

Adult high school/secondary diploma programs

This program is typically offered at the high school level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that defines the prescribed requirements, specified by the appropriate jurisdiction, for the completion of and graduation from a secondary school program of academic subject matter offered for adult learners outside of the regular secondary school program. This does not include adult compensatory education programs resulting in completion of a high school equivalency certificate or diploma.

Institutions providing this program

Universite Sainte-Anne

Siège Social: 1695, Route 1

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0

(902) 769-2114

Nova Scotia Community College - Annapolis Valley Campus

50 Elliott Road

Lawrencetown, 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 - Akerley Campus

21 Woodlawn Road

Dartmouth, NS B2W 2R7

(902) 491-4900

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 - Institute of Technology Campus

5685 Leeds Street

Halifax, NS B3K 2T3

(902) 491-6722

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 - Shelburne Campus

PO Box 760, 1575 Lake Road

Shelburne, NS B0T 1W0

(902) 875-8640

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

General office occupations and clerical services

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

This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to provide basic administrative support under the supervision of office managers, administrative assistants, secretaries, and other office personnel. These programs include courses in typing, keyboarding, filing, general business correspondence, office equipment operation, and communications skills.

Institutions providing this program

Academy of Learning - Halifax

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

Halifax, NS B3L 4P1

(902) 455-3395

Centre for Distance Education

222 George Street, Suite C

Sydney, NS B1P 1J3

(866) 446-5898

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

Supply Chain Management Association of Nova Scotia
PO Box 21, Halifax CRO
Halifax, NS B3J 2L4
Tel: (902) 425-4029
Fax: (902) 431-7220

Additional resources

There are no additional resources for this occupation.

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