Purchasing Agents

Purchasing agents work for businesses and other large organizations, such as hospitals, universities, and government agencies. They buy raw materials, machinery, supplies, and services required for the organization. They must consider cost, quality, quantity, and time of delivery. Purchasing agents and buyers hold approximately 400,000 jobs in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Procurement Engineers, Purchasing Managers, Purchase-Price Analysts
Duties Buy raw materials, supplies, machinery, and services for their organizations
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Economics
  • Mathematics
Experience Internship
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Organized
  • Social
Skills
  • Interpersonal
  • Organizational
  • Sales
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Vice-President of Purchasing
  • Purchasing Director or Purchasing Manager
  • Experienced Purchasing Agent
  • Entry-Level Purchasing Agent

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