Purchasing Agents
(Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products)

risk level
Based on 40 votes
-7.0 %
by year 2032
or $34.59 per hour
as of 2023

Employment data isn't available specifically for this occupation from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, so we are using the data from Buyers and Purchasing Agents.


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Automation risk

48% (Moderate Risk)

Moderate Risk (41-60%): Occupations with a moderate risk of automation usually involve routine tasks but still require some human judgment and interaction.

More information on what this score is, and how it is calculated is available here.

Some very important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Negotiation

Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Persuasion

  • Social Perceptiveness

  • Originality

User poll

53% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted they are unsure if this occupation will be automated. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 48% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


Very slow growth relative to other professions.

The number of 'Buyers and Purchasing Agents' job openings is expected to decline 7.0% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


High paid relative to other professions

In 2023, the median annual wage for 'Buyers and Purchasing Agents' was $71,950, or $34 per hour

'Buyers and Purchasing Agents' were paid 49.7% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $48,060

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Significantly greater range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2023 there were 477,980 people employed as 'Buyers and Purchasing Agents' within the United States.

This represents around 0.31% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 317 people are employed as 'Buyers and Purchasing Agents'.

Job description

Purchase machinery, equipment, tools, parts, supplies, or services necessary for the operation of an establishment. Purchase raw or semifinished materials for manufacturing. May negotiate contracts.

SOC Code: 13-1023.00


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CurrentPurchasingAgent (Highly likely) says
It's more so that those in this profession would need to transition into a data analyst role.

I see fewer companies listening to "the gist of it" without data to back it up, and negotiations would start requiring the effective use of available data to justify benefits in a trade.

The remaining 80% of the role (quotes, purchase orders, follow-ups) is procedural and ripe for automation.

The negotiators might stay if they can make good use of data, but I can see the title disappearing.
Jan 29, 2023 at 08:19 PM

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