Wholesale and Retail Buyers
(Except Farm Products)

5.1/10 job score
risk level
by 2030
or $32.06 hourly
as of 2020

What is the risk of automation?

We calculate this occupation to have an automation risk score of 24% (No worries)

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What do you think the risk of automation is?

How likely do you think this occupation will be taken over by robots/AI within the next 20 years?

How quickly is this occupation growing?

The number of 'Wholesale and Retail Buyers, Except Farm Products' job openings is expected to decline by -5.4% by 2030
'Wholesale and Retail Buyers, Except Farm Products' is expected to be a very slow growing occupation in comparison to other occupations.
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2020 and 2030.
Updated projections are due Sep 2022.

What are the median wages for 'Wholesale and Retail Buyers, Except Farm Products' in the United States?

In 2020 the median annual wage for 'Wholesale and Retail Buyers, Except Farm Products' was $66,690, or $32.06 hourly
'Wholesale and Retail Buyers, Except Farm Products' are paid 59.0% higher than the national median wage, which stands at $41,950
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

How many people are employed in this occupation?

As of 2020 there were 419,920 people employed as Wholesale and Retail Buyers, Except Farm Products.
This represents around 0.30% of the employed workforce across the United States.

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. May negotiate contracts. Includes assistant wholesale and retail buyers of nonfarm products.

SOC Code: 13-1022.00

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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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