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.
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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Most purchasing managers and buyers and purchasing agents work full time. Some work more than 40 hours per week.
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Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
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