Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products

Purchase machinery, equipment, tools, parts, supplies, or services necessary for the operation of an establishment. Purchase raw or semifinished materials for manufacturing. May negotiate contracts.

Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products

About this Career Path

Purchase machinery, equipment, tools, parts, supplies, or services necessary for the operation of an establishment. Purchase raw or semifinished materials for manufacturing. May negotiate contracts.

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Environment

Most buyers and purchasing agents work full time. Some work more than 40 hours per week.

Current Available & Projected Jobs

Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products

9,847

Current Available Jobs

302,000

Projected job openings through 2030

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Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products

K

KNOWLEDGE

English Language

K

KNOWLEDGE

Administration and Management

K

KNOWLEDGE

Customer and Personal Service

K

KNOWLEDGE

Mathematics

K

KNOWLEDGE

Economics and Accounting

S

SKILL

Negotiation

S

SKILL

Reading Comprehension

S

SKILL

Active Listening

S

SKILL

Complex Problem Solving

S

SKILL

Speaking

A

ABILITY

Written Comprehension

A

ABILITY

Oral Comprehension

A

ABILITY

Oral Expression

A

ABILITY

Written Expression

A

ABILITY

Deductive Reasoning

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Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products