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Purchasing Agent

Average Salary: $52,709

Water sector agencies constantly purchase materials, such as treatment equipment, chemicals, pipe, valves, vehicles, and office supplies. Buying such large quantities of material requires specialized skills. Purchasing agents must:

  • oversee the purchase, delivery, storage, and inventory of materials and supplies;
  • be aware of problems related to delivering and transporting hazardous chemicals;
  • manage decisions about the best source for buying an item; and
  • maintain good relationships with companies who sell materials to the water agency.

Education: On-the-job training or two- or four-year degree in business
Certificates, licenses: No
Entry-level opportunities: Yes
Desirable traits and skills: Well organized; attention to detail; strong people skills; strong math skills; good communicator; problem solver

For more information:
American Purchasing Society
8 E. Galena Blvd.
Aurora, IL 60506
http://www.american-purchasing.com

National Association of Purchasing Management
Customer Service
2055 East Centennial Circle
P.O. Box 22160
Tempe, AZ 85285
http://www.napmsd.org/

National Institute of Governmental Purchasing, Inc.
11800 Sunrise Valley Dr.
Suite 1050
Reston, VA 20191-5302
http://www.nigp.org