Career Details

Purchasing Managers, Buyers, and Purchasing Agents

Career Overview

Buyers and purchasing agents buy products and services for organizations to use or resell. Purchasing managers oversee the work of buyers and purchasing agents.


Purchasing managers usually have at least a bachelor’s degree and some work experience in procurement. Educational requirements for buyers and purchasing agents usually vary with the size of the organization. Although a high school diploma may be enough at some organizations, many businesses require applicants to have a bachelor’s degree. For many positions, a degree in business, finance, or supply management is sufficient.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$38,650 /yr
$67,600 /yr
$124,810 /yr

Recommended Courses

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

Overall employment of purchasing managers and buyers and purchasing agents is projected to decline 3 percent from 2016 to 2026. The outsourcing and automation of less complex procurement functions are among contributing factors causing employment declines for these occupations.

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Work Environment

Most purchasing managers and buyers and purchasing agents work full time. Some work more than 40 hours per week.


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

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