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Purchasing Managers Skills

Below are the skills needed to be purchasing managers according to their importance on the scale of 1 to 5 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest) and competency level on a scale of 1 to 7 (1 being lowest and 7 being highest).

   
Skill NameImportanceCompetence
Social Perceptiveness44
Speaking3.883.88
Critical Thinking3.884
Active Listening3.884
Reading Comprehension3.753.75

Purchasing Managers Abilities

Below are the abilities needed to be purchasing managers according to their importance on the scale of 1 to 5 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest) and competency level on a scale of 1 to 7 (1 being lowest and 7 being highest).

   
Ability NameImportanceCompetence
Oral Comprehension44.12
Fluency of Ideas44
Oral Expression3.884.12
Written Comprehension3.884.12
Deductive Reasoning3.754

Purchasing Managers Knowledge

Below are the knowledge areas needed to be purchasing managers according to their importance on the scale of 1 to 5 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest) and competency level on a scale of 1 to 7 (1 being lowest and 7 being highest).

   
Knowledge AreaImportanceCompetence
Administration and Management4.144.95
English Language4.054.05
Mathematics3.674.19
Economics and Accounting3.673.95
Customer and Personal Service3.654.52

Purchasing Managers Work activities

Below are the work activities involved in being purchasing managers according to their importance on the scale of 1 to 5 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest) and competency level on a scale of 1 to 7 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest).

   
Work ActivityImportanceCompetence
Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others4.55.8
Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships4.45.14
Getting Information4.334.67
Communicating with Persons Outside Organization4.334.81
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates4.335

Purchasing Managers Work styles

Below are the work styles involved in being purchasing managers according to their importance on the scale of 1 to 5 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest).

   
Work StyleImportance
Integrity4.81
Attention to Detail4.38
Leadership4.33
Cooperation4.33
Analytical Thinking4.29

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for
Purchasing Managers

Listed below are the 10 largest metro areas based on the total number of people employed in Purchasing Managers jobs , as of 2017

   
Metro AreaTotal EmploymentAnnual Mean Salary
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim3,130 $129,720
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington1,990 $128,110
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land1,540 $148,380
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue1,490 $134,360
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell1,400 $125,620
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward1,400 $143,990
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn1,250 $127,500
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale1,220 $101,120
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara940 $148,870
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach930 $119,690

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Total employment and salary for professions similar to purchasing managers

Source : 2017 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2016-26 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; O*NET® 22.1 Database, O*NET OnLine, National Center for O*NET Development, Employment & Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, onetonline.org

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