"supply chain," "purchase orders," and "customer service" aren't the only skills we found planner/buyers list on their resumes. In fact, there's a whole list of planner/buyer responsibilities that we found, including:
After discovering the most helpful skills, we moved onto what kind of education might be helpful in becoming a planner/buyer. We found that 65.4% of planner/buyers have graduated with a bachelor's degree and 7.8% of people in this position have earned their master's degrees. While most planner/buyers have a college degree, you may find it's also true that generally it's possible to be successful in this career with only a high school degree. In fact, our research shows that one out of every seven planner/buyers were not college graduates.
Those planner/buyers who do attend college, typically earn either business degrees or supply chain management degrees. Less commonly earned degrees for planner/buyers include accounting degrees or management degrees.
When you're ready to become a planner/buyer, you might wonder which companies hire planner/buyers. According to our research through planner/buyer resumes, planner/buyers are mostly hired by Aerotek, Robert Half International, and Crane Co. Now is a good time to apply as Aerotek has 7 planner/buyers job openings, and there are 7 at Robert Half International and 6 at Crane Co.
But if you're interested in companies where you might earn a high salary, planner/buyers tend to earn the biggest salaries at Avnet, GEP Worldwide, and Kaman. Take Avnet for example. The median planner/buyer salary is $95,217. At GEP Worldwide, planner/buyers earn an average of $94,743, while the average at Kaman is $94,431. You should take into consideration how difficult it might be to secure a job with one of these companies.
We also looked into companies who hire planner/buyers from the top 100 educational institutions in the U.S. The top three companies that hire the most from these institutions include Macy's, Whole Foods Market, and General Motors.
The industries that planner/buyers fulfill the most roles in are the manufacturing and technology industries. But the highest planner/buyer annual salary is in the technology industry, averaging $78,819. In the manufacturing industry they make $70,877 and average about $68,951 in the health care industry. In conclusion, planner/buyers who work in the technology industry earn a 21.1% higher salary than planner/buyers in the retail industry.