Career Details

Purchasing Agent


Career Overview

A purchasing agent is in charge of purchasing all materials needed by an organization. Allison, the purchasing agent featured in the video, works for a school system.


A four-year bachelor's degree in business, accounting, finance, or a related field is required to obtain this position.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$35,000 /yr
$60,000 /yr
$101,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Computer Science
  • Business
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Communication
  • Take as many college-prep courses as possible!
  • Finance
  • Accounting
Future Outlook

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.

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Work Environment

A purchasing agent is an office job that may be found within any industry.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook

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