I am penning an article for a major trade publication about purchasing certification in the context of today’s economy. I’ve done some research and found a very interesting statistic.

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In a random search of over 100 purchasing manager jobs on monster.com, I found that 20% of jobs either require or prefer that candidates have a purchasing certification. I must admit, I’m not sure what the percentage was 5, 10, or 20 years ago though I suspect that the percentage was lower. But the context that makes this statistic most interesting is that, according to research referenced in a Spend Matters Perspective from last year, “fewer than 10% of the procurement workforce in North America has a procurement certification or has gone through a formal degree program in supply management or a related field.”

What does this mean?

It means that the demand for professionals with a purchasing certification exceed the supply. Therefore, as the unemployment rate peaks and hiring resumes, those with a certification are likely to have a much easier time securing new employment compared to those without one.

With the cost of earning a purchasing certification being just a fraction of even the lowest annual purchasing salary, I can’t think of any good reason why anyone in the field would shy away from earning a certification. Can you?

To Your Career,
Charles Dominick, SPSM
President & Chief Procurement Officer
Next Level Purchasing, Inc.
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Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2, SPSM3

Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2, SPSM3 is an internationally-recognized business expert, legendary procurement thought leader, award-winning entrepreneur, and provocative blogger. Charles founded the Next Level Purchasing Association in 2000, oversaw its incredible growth, and successfully led the organization to its acquisition by the Certitrek Group in 2016. He continues to blog and provide advisory services for the NLPA on a part-time basis as he incubates his upcoming business innovations. Charles is also the co-author of the wildly popular, groundbreaking book, "The Procurement Game Plan: Winning Strategies & Techniques For Supply Management Professionals."

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