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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

National Association of Purchasing Management
Customer Service
2055 East Centennial Circle
P.O. Box 22160
Tempe, AZ 85285

National Institute of Governmental Purchasing, Inc.
11800 Sunrise Valley Dr.
Suite 1050
Reston, VA 20191-5302