Purchase machinery, equipment, tools, parts, supplies, or services necessary for the operation of an establishment. Purchase raw or semi-finished materials for manufacturing.
- About 42 percent of purchasing managers, buyers, and purchasing agents are employed in wholesale trade or manufacturing establishments.
- Employment is projected to grow 7 percent, which is as fast as the average.
- Opportunities should be best for those with a college degree in engineering, business, economics, or one of the applied sciences.
- Prospects often need continuing education or certification to advance.