Grain Merchants

Grain merchants buy grain from farms and sell it to consumers. Between the buying and the selling, they are concerned with the quality, market value, shipping, processing, and storing of the grain. In effect, they are liaisons between the farmer and the eventual user or consumer of the grain. The regulation activities of the grain merchant create an efficient market for grain around the world. Grain merchants work as either grain buyers or grain managers. The U.S. Department of Labor classifies grain merchants under the general career, "purchasing agents and buyers, farm products." There are approximately 11,290 purchasing agents and buyers, farm products employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Grain Buyers, Grain Managers
Duties Buy grain from farms and sell it to consumers
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Agriculture
  • Business
  • Economics
Experience Internship or co-op; experience as a grain elevator worker or commodities exchange clerk
Personality Traits
  • Enterprising
  • Organized
  • Realistic
  • Business Management
  • Interpersonal
  • Sales
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Consultant
  • Grain Buyer or Grain Manager
  • Assistant Grain Buyer or Assistant Grain Manager
  • Grain Elevator Worker or Commodities Exchange Clerk

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