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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 443,200 jobs in the United States.

Salary Range

$25,000 to $100,000+

Minimum Education Level

High School Diploma




Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Personality Traits

Hands On



Career Ladder
Vice-President of Purchasing

Purchasing Director or Purchasing Manager

Experienced Purchasing Agent

Entry-Level Purchasing Agent

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