Purchasing and inventory control workers

Purchasing and inventory control workers

NOC
1524

Process purchasing transactions and maintain inventories of materials, equipment and stock.

Quick facts

3 Year Outlook

Fair
Fair

3 Year Job Openings

52
 

Median Hourly Wage

$16.00
$12.50
Low
$23.00
High

Median Salary

$36,099
 

Typically Required

High school or specific training

Employed

549
 

% Working Full Time

86%
 

% Working Full Year

78%
 
Job details

Full NOC Description

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.

Main 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  • Maintain stock rotation and dispose of and account for outdated stock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.

Also Known As

  • inventory analyst
  • inventory clerk
  • inventory control clerk
  • inventory planner
  • procurement clerk
  • purchasing clerk
  • purchasing clerk assistant
Requirements

Employment Requirements

  • Completion of secondary 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.

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.

Data legend

46.0%
Female
54.0%
Male
Employment by age

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

Data legend

9.2%
15-24
11.2%
25-34
28.6%
35-44
27.6%
45-54
21.4%
55-64
2.0%
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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8.0%
No Certificate, Diploma or Degree
38.0%
High School, Diploma or Equivalent
7.0%
Apprenticeship or Trades Certificate or Diploma
37.0%
College or University Below Bachelor Level
10.0%
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.

Data legend

23.3%
Retail trade
14.6%
Administrative and support, waste management and remediation services
12.6%
Manufacturing
49.5%
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.

Data legend

12.00%
Northeast
42.00%
Southeast
20.00%
Southwest
20.00%
Central
6.00%
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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$35,394
Northeast
$40,609
Southeast
$36,230
Southwest
$38,988
Central
$35,320
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

$16.00
$12.50
Low
$23.00
High

Southwest

$16.00
$12.50
Low
$23.00
High

Central

$16.00
$12.50
Low
$23.00
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

$36,099

Workers Employed Full-time, Full-year

$43,281

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

New Brunswick

$36,099

Newfoundland

$34,317

Prince Edward Island

$30,504

Nova Scotia

$31,913

Canada

$37,624
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

52
 

New Jobs: 3 Year

1
 

Retirements/Deaths: 3 Year

51
 

Ten Year Outlook

Total Openings: 10 Year

170
 

New Jobs: 10 Year

4
 

Retirements/Deaths: 10 Year

168