Occupation Summary

Purchasing Managers

O*NET 11-3061.00


Plan, direct, or coordinate the activities of buyers, purchasing officers, and related workers involved in purchasing materials, products, and services. Includes wholesale or retail trade merchandising managers and procurement managers.

Annual Wages:
Employment Rate:
Employment is expected to increase by 20.25%.
Education Level:
Bachelor's Degree. According to O*Net, the majority of people employed in this occupation have this level of education.
Business and Industry

  1. Maintain records of goods ordered and received.
  2. Locate vendors of materials, equipment or supplies, and interview them to determine product availability and terms of sales.
  3. Prepare and process requisitions and purchase orders for supplies and equipment.
  4. Control purchasing department budgets.
  5. Interview and hire staff, and oversee staff training.
  6. Review purchase order claims and contracts for conformance to company policy.
  7. Analyze market and delivery systems to assess present and future material availability.
  8. Develop and implement purchasing and contract management instructions, policies, and procedures.
  9. Participate in the development of specifications for equipment, products, or substitute materials.
  10. Resolve vendor or contractor grievances and claims against suppliers.
  11. Represent companies in negotiating contracts and formulating policies with suppliers.
  12. Review, evaluate, and approve specifications for issuing and awarding bids.
  13. Direct and coordinate activities of personnel engaged in buying, selling, and distributing materials, equipment, machinery, and supplies.
  14. Prepare bid awards requiring board approval.
  15. Prepare reports regarding market conditions and merchandise costs.
  16. Administer online purchasing systems.
  17. Arrange for disposal of surplus materials.
  18. Develop cost reduction strategies and savings plans.

National Industry Employment Patterns

Industry % of Purchasing Managers employed Annual Growth Rate
Aerospace product and parts manufacturing 3.4 0.39
Computer systems design and related services 2.7 1.84
Electronic instrument manufacturing 2.7 0.49
Scientific research and development services 2.6 0.49
General medical and surgical hospitals 2.2 0.57

Labor Market Information

2022 Statewide average hourly wage $64.37
2022 National average hourly wage $67.62
2020 National employment 74,400
2020 Texas employment 6,365
Texas projected employment by 2030 7,654
Texas projected annual employment and Turnover openings through 2030 661

* Due to confidentiality rules, not all regions may have the data displayed. The sum of all the regions may not be equal to the state total.

Top 10 Relevant Knowledge Areas Relevant Importance Levels
Administration and Management
Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
English Language
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Economics and Accounting
Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking, and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Customer and Personal Service
Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Computers and Electronics
Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Personnel and Human Resources
Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
Law and Government
Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
Production and Processing
Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
Education and Training
Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

Top 10 Relevant Skill Areas Relevant Importance Levels
Social Perceptiveness
Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Active Listening
Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Critical Thinking
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
Reading Comprehension
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents.
Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
Judgment and Decision Making
Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Time Management
Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Top 10 Relevant Abilities Relevant Importance Levels
Oral Comprehension
The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Fluency of Ideas
The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
Written Comprehension
The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Oral Expression
The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Written Expression
The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
Problem Sensitivity
The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing that there is a problem.
Deductive Reasoning
The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Speech Recognition
The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Speech Clarity
The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others
    -- Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
    -- Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
    -- Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Communicating with People Outside the Organization
    -- Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
  • Getting Information
    -- Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Other Activities

  • Support
    - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
  • Working Conditions
    - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.


Desktop calculator: 10-key calculators;

Desktop computers: Desktop computers;

Personal computers: Personal computers;


Business intelligence and data analysis software: Qlik Tech QlikView;

Calendar and scheduling software: Scheduling software;

Cloud-based data access and sharing software: Microsoft SharePoint;

Data base reporting software: SAP BusinessObjects Crystal Reports;

Data base user interface and query software: Oracle Database; Corel Paradox; Database software; Microsoft Access;

Electronic mail software: Microsoft Outlook; IBM Lotus Notes;

Enterprise resource planning ERP software: Enterprise resource planning ERP software; Epicor Vantage ERP; Bowen & Groves M1 ERP; Microsoft Dynamics; Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne; Oracle PeopleSoft; Oracle PeopleSoft Financials; SAP software; NetSuite ERP;

Financial analysis software: Oracle PeopleSoft Enterprise Financial Management Solutions;

Internet browser software: Web browser software;

Inventory management software: Inventory management software;

Materials requirements planning logistics and supply chain software: Materials requirement planning MRP software; Infor Lawson Supply Chain Management;

Office suite software: Microsoft Office software;

Point of sale POS software: Point of sale POS software;

Presentation software: Microsoft PowerPoint;

Process mapping and design software: Microsoft Visio;

Procurement software: Purchasing software; PurchasingNet eProcurement; Ariba Spend Management Suite; Automated purchase order software; Bottomline Technologies Bottomline Sprinter Purchasing Manager;

Project management software: Microsoft Project; Oracle Primavera P6 Enterprise Portfolio Project Management;

Spreadsheet software: Microsoft Excel;

Word processing software: Microsoft Word;

Related O*NET occupational titles for Purchasing Managers include:
  • 13-1081.00 Logisticians
  • 13-1081.02 Logistics Analysts
  • 11-2021.00 Marketing Managers
  • 43-3061.00 Procurement Clerks
  • 43-5061.00 Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks
  • 13-1023.00 Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products
  • 11-2022.00 Sales Managers
  • 11-3071.04 Supply Chain Managers
  • 11-3071.00 Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers
  • 13-1022.00 Wholesale and Retail Buyers, Except Farm Products

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** The information in this report may be derived from many sources like O*NET, BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics), OOH (Occupational Outlook Handbook), and Career One Stop.