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Wholesale and Retail Buyers

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Buy merchandise or commodities, other than farm products, for resale to consumers at the wholesale or retail level, including both durable and nondurable goods. Analyze past buying trends, sales records, price, and quality of merchandise to determine value and yield. Select, order, and authorize payment for merchandise according to contractual agreements. May conduct meetings with sales personnel and introduce new products. Includes assistant wholesale and retail buyers of nonfarm products.


  • 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.


Personality I'm good with people
Salary $50,490/yr ($25.25/hr)
Job Outlook Average
Education Some college, no degree