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Contract Administrator

Overview: Contract administrators manage all negotiations for either the sale of their organization's products or services to customers or the purchase of labor, equipment and supplies. They advise internal sales & production departments of legal obligations according to the contract.
Duties: They confer with an organization's managers who are in need of extermal services or materials. They determine what level of quality is needed and target dates.

They decide which vendors or suppliers are best equipped to deliver the goods or services. They request them to submit a proposal and cost estimate.

Decide which vendor or supplier to choose based on reputation, cost, quality and reliability. They negotiate the contract details.

They finalize contract terms and conditions by conferring with both the vendor and the departments requesting the materials or services and with legal advisors.

Degree(s): A.A.S. Management: Marketing Concentration 
A.A.S. Management: Real Estate-Insurance Concentration 
A.S. Business Administration (Accounting and Marketing) 
Job Outlook: Employment of contract administrators is expected to grow as fast as average through 2018 especially for such activities as food and janitorial services, space planning and design, energy, telecommunications, and grounds and equipment maintenance and repair is increasingly needed for business and other organizations.
Salary Range (National Average): $30,000 to $38,000
Education Level: Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.
Additional Training/Education: An associate degree or a bachelor's degree in business administration is the usual educational requirement to qualify for an entry position in this occupation. Courses in business contracts and law, statistics, economics, marketing and computer applications are important.
Recommended Skills:
  • Analyzing requirements for a new product or service and creating a design to satisfy those needs.
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • The ability to make appropriate use of equipment and materials to get a job done.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • Using mathematics and/or statistics to solve problems.
  • Bringing people together to discuss and resolve differences.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Recommended Values:
  • Having a routine job where the duties are very predictable and not likely to change over a long period of time.
  • Having a level of income that will afford you with luxuries, and which will allow you to become financially independent.
  • Being able to decide on how to get something done without significant direction from someone else.

* National data collected by the Department of Labor between 2008-2012.
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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services Advisor to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.