Wholesale and Retail Buyers, Except Farm Products

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Will "Wholesale and Retail Buyers, Except Farm Products" be replaced by AI & Robots?

There is a small chance this occupation will be replaced by robots/AI. This is further validated by our poll, which suggests a 46% chance of automation within the next 2 decades.

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or 29% probability of automation

Projected Growth


by 2024

Median Annual Wage


or $25.64 hourly

People Employed


as of 2016

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How this compares with other jobs: 241 out of 706

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Job description

Buy merchandise or commodities, other than farm products, for resale to consumers at the wholesale or retail level, including both durable and nondurable goods. Analyze past buying trends, sales records, price, and quality of merchandise to determine value and yield. Select, order, and authorize payment for merchandise according to contractual agreements. May conduct meetings with sales personnel and introduce new products. Includes assistant wholesale and retail buyers of nonfarm products.

SOC Code: 13-1022

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Gregory Wolff (Could go either way) says
Buying is a science and an art. It would be difficult for AI to have that feeling of a good deal or relationship with suppliers. It could happen but I do not believe so in my lifetime.
Dec 23, 2019 at 01:49 PM

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