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A career in purchasing typically involves verifying purchase orders; authorizing payments; tracking inventory; making purchase recommendations; preparing purchase orders; verifying receipt of items; placing purchase orders; creating purchase plans; and monitoring purchases.
The skills need to work in purchasing include supply management, budgeting expertise, communication skills, interpersonal skills, organizational skills, customer service experience, recordkeeping, cost accounting, and quality assurance.
Such people are needed by distribution companies, manufacturers, retail stores, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and any other organization which relies on the purchase of raw or finished goods or services.
Purchasing jobs include purchasing agents, purchasing managers, purchasing clerks, purchasing analysts, purchasing administrators, purchasing coordinators, and purchasing assistants.