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MATERIALS MANAGER/ANALYST: Studying Hard Sciences & Programming Will Help You Greatly In Your Career

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Juan, a Materials Manager & Analyst for a medical supply company, describes his job researching medical products around the world & figuring out the best ways to deliver them. He majored in political science & economics but strongly advises studying programming & the hard sciences to give yourself the edge over the competition.

Degree: Political Science - Economics
Job Title: Materials Manager/Analyst
Employer: Medical Supplies

Job Summary: Purchasing Managers

Job Description

Purchasing managers, buyers, and purchasing agents buy products for organizations to use or resell. They evaluate suppliers, negotiate contracts, and review product quality.

On-the-Job Training

Moderate-term on-the-job training

Additional Info

Purchasing managers typically must have at least 5 years of experience as a buyer or purchasing agent. At the top levels, purchasing manager duties may overlap with other management functions, such as production, planning, logistics, and marketing.

Certification Requirement
Helpful to be a Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM).

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$35,000 - $105,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
3 to 9 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Long hours
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Travel, Indoor, Military
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Problem solving skills, Analytical skills, Mathematical skills

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<span m='11850'>and</span> <span m='12050'>import</span> <span m='12420'>here to</span> <span m='12710'>the</span> <span m='12820'>United</span> <span m='13160'>States.</span> <span m='14770'>My</span> <span m='14890'>job</span> <span m='15130'>basically</span> <span m='15460'>involves</span> <span m='15730'>a</span> <span m='15780'>lot</span> <span m='15970'>of</span> <span m='16030'>spreadsheets,</span> <span m='16790'>so</span> <span m='17320'>if</span> <span m='17450'>you</span> <span m='17550'>take</span> <span m='17770'>those</span> <span m='17970'>math</span> <span m='18190'>and</span> <span m='18310'>science</span> <span m='18650'>classes,</span> <span m='19490'>that</span> <span m='19740'>will</span> <span m='19830'>help</span> <span m='20010'>you</span> <span m='20130'>out</span> <span m='20360'>in</span> <span m='20820'>terms</span> <span m='21090'>of</span> <span m='21250'>my</span> <span m='21490'>job.</span> </p><p><span m='21850'>Other</span> <span m='22030'>things</span> <span m='22210'>I</span> <span m='22330'>do</span> <span m='22510'>is</span> <span m='22610'>analyze</span> <span m='23050'>our</span> <span m='23360'>spend</span> <span m='23670'>in</span> <span m='23990'>terms</span> <span m='24260'>of</span> <span m='24340'>how</span> <span m='24470'>much</span> <span m='24670'>it</span> <span m='24800'>costs</span> <span m='25130'>to</span> <span m='26030'>send</span> <span m='26100'>a</span> <span m='26180'>box</span> <span m='26790'>from</span> <span m='28090'>point</span> <span m='28420'>A</span> <span m='28560'>to</span> <span m='28660'>point</span> <span m='29020'>B.</span> <span m='29460'>So</span> <span m='29980'>looking</span> <span m='30290'>at</span> <span m='30460'>dimensions</span> <span m='30920'>of</span> <span m='31010'>product,</span> <span m='31390'>the</span> <span m='31460'>weights</span> <span m='31740'>of</span> <span m='31810'>product--</span> <span m='32549'>again,</span> <span m='32850'>back</span> <span m='33100'>to</span> <span m='33180'>those</span> <span m='33340'>math</span> <span m='33520'>and</span> <span m='33630'>science</span> <span m='33940'>classes</span> <span m='34290'>kids--</span> <span m='35840'>looking</span> <span m='36200'>at</span> <span m='36300'>that</span> <span m='36580'>and</span> <span m='36930'>putting</span> <span m='37150'>that</span> <span m='37320'>into</span> <span m='37550'>a</span> <span m='37600'>spreadsheet</span> <span m='38160'>and</span> <span m='38360'>just</span> <span m='38770'>finding</span> <span m='39050'>out</span> <span m='39170'>how</span> <span m='39300'>to</span> <span m='39430'>ship</span> <span m='39690'>things</span> <span m='40670'>cheaply</span> <span m='41010'>and</span> <span m='41080'>quickly.</span> </p><p><span m='42680'>I</span> <span m='43200'>majored</span> <span m='43570'>in</span> <span m='44130'>political</span> <span m='44510'>science</span> <span m='44900'>and</span> <span m='45000'>economy</span> <span m='45410'>in</span> <span m='45510'>school.</span> <span m='46260'>I</span> <span m='46470'>graduated</span> <span m='46890'>from</span> <span m='47090'>San</span> <span m='47290'>Francisco</span> <span m='47740'>State,</span> <span m='48100'>so</span> <span m='48190'>go</span> <span m='48310'>Gators.</span> <span m='49170'>And</span> <span m='50500'>well,</span> <span m='50910'>to</span> <span m='51050'>get</span> <span m='51290'>to</span> <span m='51400'>this</span> <span m='51680'>path,</span> <span m='52270'>I</span> <span m='52380'>basically</span> <span m='53230'>kind</span> <span m='53420'>of</span> <span m='53500'>went</span> <span m='53830'>to</span> <span m='53970'>a</span> <span m='54030'>few</span> <span m='54200'>different</span> <span m='54540'>jobs</span> <span m='54850'>after</span> <span m='55760'>college</span> <span m='56620'>and</span> <span m='56830'>found</span> <span m='57110'>just</span> <span m='57310'>the</span> <span m='57400'>right</span> <span m='57680'>fit.</span> <span m='58250'>Sometimes</span> <span m='58710'>it</span> <span m='58800'>just</span> <span m='59010'>takes</span> <span m='60050'>a</span> <span m='60150'>couple</span> <span m='60450'>of</span> <span m='60520'>jobs,</span> <span m='61070'>so</span> <span m='61290'>temping</span> <span m='61710'>is</span> <span m='61840'>really</span> <span m='62090'>kind</span> <span m='62310'>of</span> <span m='62420'>a</span> <span m='62630'>neat</span> <span m='62980'>way</span> <span m='63200'>to</span> <span m='63440'>kind</span> <span m='63650'>of</span> <span m='63760'>go</span> <span m='64030'>to</span> <span m='64220'>a</span> <span m='64269'>different</span> <span m='64580'>company</span> <span m='64950'>and</span> <span m='65069'>get</span> <span m='65220'>a</span> <span m='65269'>feel</span> <span m='65600'>for</span> <span m='65940'>it</span> <span m='66340'>and</span> <span m='66440'>get</span> <span m='66540'>a</span> <span m='66640'>feel</span> <span 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m='93980'>make</span> <span m='95630'>your</span> <span m='95840'>whole</span> <span m='96180'>life</span> <span m='96460'>easier</span> <span m='96920'>really.</span> <span m='97510'>I</span> <span m='97700'>know</span> <span m='97880'>that</span> <span m='98570'>when</span> <span m='98850'>I</span> <span m='98960'>took</span> <span m='99160'>a</span> <span m='99210'>lot</span> <span m='99380'>of</span> <span m='99420'>classes,</span> <span m='100060'>those</span> <span m='101500'>political</span> <span m='101980'>science</span> <span m='102330'>classes</span> <span m='102660'>seemed</span> <span m='103050'>really</span> <span m='103380'>interesting</span> <span m='104080'>and</span> <span m='104270'>I</span> <span m='104660'>loved</span> <span m='105160'>them</span> <span m='105440'>and</span> <span m='105620'>they</span> <span m='105710'>were</span> <span m='105870'>fun,</span> <span m='106560'>but</span> <span m='108400'>don't</span> <span m='108900'>discount</span> <span m='109360'>those</span> <span m='110630'>hard</span> <span m='110890'>sciences.</span> <span m='111640'>They're</span> <span m='112130'>useful</span> <span m='112620'>in the end.</span> </p>","file":{"id":272640,"video_id":"2700224180001","name":"72075722","duration":113663,"thumbnail_url":null}});