Purchasing agents

Purchasing agents

NOC
1225

- Purchasing agents and officers

Buy goods and services while ensuring that they are of the quantity, quality, price and availability required by their organization.

Quick facts

3 Year Outlook

Fair
Fair

3 Year Job Openings

92
 

Median Hourly Wage

$25.33
$16.45
Low
$45.48
High

Median Salary

$50,635
 

Typically Required

College or apprenticeship

Employed

705
 

% Working Full Time

98%
 

% Working Full Year

80%
 
Job details

Full NOC Description

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 establishment. They are employed throughout the public and private sectors.

Main Duties

Purchasing agents and officers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Purchase general and specialized equipment, materials, land or access rights, or business services for use or for further processing by their establishment
  • Assess requirements of an establishment and develop specifications for equipment, materials and supplies to be purchased
  • Invite tenders, consult with suppliers and review quotations
  • Determine or negotiate contract terms and conditions, award supplier contracts or recommend contract awards
  • Establish logistics of delivery schedules, monitor progress and contact clients and suppliers to resolve problems
  • Negotiate land acquisition or access rights for public or private use, and may conduct field investigations of properties
  • May hire, train or supervise purchasing clerks.
  • Purchasing agents and officers may specialize in the purchase of particular materials or business services such as furniture or office equipment.

Also Known As

  • contract management officer
  • contracts officer
  • energy asset surface land analyst
  • furniture and furnishings purchaser
  • government supply officer
  • materiel management officer
  • procurement officer
  • purchasing agent
Requirements

Employment Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree or college diploma in business administration, commerce or economics is usually required.
  • Purchasing agents and officers purchasing specialized materials or business services may require a related university degree or college diploma. For example, a bachelor's degree or college diploma in engineering may be required for purchasers of industrial products.
  • A certificate in purchasing from the Purchasing Management Association of Canada (PMAC) may be required.
  • Previous 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.

Provincial Regulation

Not Provincially Regulated

Employment by Sex

The following graph shows the percentage of men and women working in this occupation in New Brunswick.

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43.8%
Female
56.2%
Male
Employment by age

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by age group.

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5.1%
15-24
12.4%
25-34
24.1%
35-44
35.8%
45-54
19.0%
55-64
3.7%
65+
Employment by highest level of education

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by highest level of education achieved.

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2.9%
No Certificate, Diploma or Degree
25.0%
High School, Diploma or Equivalent
5.9%
Apprenticeship or Trades Certificate or Diploma
48.5%
College or University Below Bachelor Level
17.7%
University - Bachelor Level or Above
Employment by Industry

The following graph shows the industry groups in which the largest shares of persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick are employed. Small percentages for all top three industry groups may suggest employment for this occupation is widely distributed amongst many industry groups.

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22.1%
Public administration
18.4%
Manufacturing
7.4%
Utilities
52.2%
All Other Industries
Employment by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons employed in this occupation in New Brunswick by which economic region they reside in.

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11.70%
Northeast
32.80%
Southeast
24.10%
Southwest
21.90%
Central
9.50%
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Annual Median Salary by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

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$59,228
Northeast
$48,748
Southeast
$60,734
Southwest
$54,216
Central
$46,681
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Hourly Median Wages by Economic Regions

The following represents the median hourly wage of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

No Data Available

Southeast

$24.00
$19.52
Low
$44.10
High
No Data Available

Central

$25.33
$16.45
Low
$45.48
High
No Data Available
Salary

This following represents the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation compared to the median salary of workers employed in this occupation that work full-time year-round.

All Workers Employed in this Occupation

$50,635

Workers Employed Full-time, Full-year

$53,032

This following represents the median salary of persons employed in this occupation across each of the Atlantic Provinces and nationally.

New Brunswick

$50,635

Newfoundland

$68,116

Prince Edward Island

$42,342

Nova Scotia

$50,606

Canada

$57,739
Employment Outlook

The following represents the number of job openings that are expected to occur in this occupation over the next three and ten years respectively, broken down by openings expected to result from growth (“new jobs”) and openings expected to result from attrition (death and retirements).

Three Year Outlook

Total Openings: 3 Year

92
 

New Jobs: 3 Year

-1
 

Retirements/Deaths: 3 Year

92
 

Ten Year Outlook

Total Openings: 10 Year

310
 

New Jobs: 10 Year

5
 

Retirements/Deaths: 10 Year

304