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Purchasing Clerks

Industry: Healthcare
Area: Materials Management/Central Services

Purchasing Clerks compile requests for materials, prepare purchase orders, keep track of purchases and supplies, and handle inquiries about orders. They perform a variety of tasks related to the ordering of goods and supplies for an organization and make sure that what was purchased arrives on schedule and meets the purchaser's specifications. Automation is having a profound effect on this occupation. Orders for goods now can be placed electronically when supplies are low. However, automation is still years away for many firms, and the role of the procurement clerk is unchanged in many organizations.


High School diploma required. Individuals employed in these occupations are trained on the job.

Job Outlook

Job openings are expected to be abundant for food and beverage serving and related workers.


Many beginning or inexperienced workers start earning the Federal minimum wage.

Work Schedule

Many food and beverage serving and related workers work evenings, weekends, and holidays. Some work split shiftsthey work for several hours during the middle of the day, take a few hours off in the afternoon, and then return to their jobs for evening hours.

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