Career of the Week– Purchasing Manager, Buyers, and Purchasing Agents

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***Do you enjoy analyzing and organizing product, making decisions, and playing an important role in the company you work for?***
What: Purchasing Managers, Buyers, and Purchasing Agents play an essential role in a company’s supply line by being in charge of buying products for their company. This career path allows you to review inventory and sales reports, locate national and international suppliers and buy the best products for the lowest possible price. These products are then sold by your company. If you have a knack for bargaining this would be a perfect career for you.
Where: Buyers are employed through numerous companies. Some work for retail stores, others work for large corporations, some small companies. The options are endless. So finding a company you have interest in is important so you can be as knowledgeable about their products as you can. This will ensure you success in your buying process.
How do I get there??? Educational requirements vary depending on the organization. But most likely employers will be looking for graduates of a Bachelor’s degree from an area such as CEHD’s Business and Marketing Education program. To learn more about this exciting major click here. Seeking internships during you college career will set you apart from others with similar interests. Check out GoldPass to search for jobs and internships related to this field!
Job Outlook: According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, the median average salary ranges from $35,000 to $89,000 depending on the location, job tile (purchasing manager versus buyer), and company.
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