Buyers and purchasing agents buy products and services for organizations. 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 7 percent from 2019 to 2029. Employment growth will vary by occupation. Projected employment declines of buyers and purchasing agents are expected due to increased automation and outsourcing of some procurement tasks.
Most purchasing managers and buyers and purchasing agents work full time. Some work more than 40 hours per week.