Purchasing agents and buyers, farm products
Number employed in 2006: 16,000
Percent change in 2016: -8.6 percent
Education/training: It depends on the size of the firm, but applicants generally start as trainees, purchasing clerks, or junior buyers and advance as they acquire certifications. Some require bachelor's degrees.
2006 median salary: $53,730
Job outlook: The decline is due mainly to agricultural and grocery-related consolidation.
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