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Employment: Purchasing Managers, Buyers, and Purchasing Agents




Purchasing managers, buyers, and purchasing agents held about 520,000 jobs in 2004. Forty-three percent worked in the wholesale trade and manufacturing industries, and another twelve percent worked in retail trade. The remainder worked mostly in service establishments, such as hospitals, or different levels of government. A small number were self-employed.

The following tabulation shows the distribution of employment by occupational specialty:

Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 273,000
Wholesale and retail buyers, except farm products 156,000
Purchasing managers 75,000
Purchasing agents and buyers, farm products 16,000