Buyers, Purchasing Agents & Managers (6222, 1225 & 0113)

Buyers and purchasing agents buy products and services for organizations to use or resell. Purchasing managers oversee the work of buyers and purchasing agents. (Occupational Outlook Handbook). Both purchasing managers and agents are employed throughout the public and private sectors (National Occupational Classification).

Purchasing or procurement is a part of logistics and the supply chain process. This page includes information about buyers and purchasing and acquisitions specialists across a range of fields, from manufacturing to fashion to disaster relief.

Occupational Profile

Find detailed information about the occupation, including typical duties and working conditions, in the links below:

Education

The employment requirements for a Purchasing Officer is usually post-secondary education in business, economics or a field related to a specialized product. Prior experience as a purchasing or administrative clerk may be required, along with a relevant professional designation.  Buyers are usually required to have post-secondary education in business, marketing or a related area, along with work experience in retail or wholesale establishments. (National Occupational Classification). 

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Labour Market Information

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Resources

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Directories, Industry Associations, and Sector Councils
These resources provide industry news, labour market information and a list of potential employers. Remember, there are usually multiple industries worth exploring. Note: the list below is limited and does not represent the wide range of private companies, public sector departments and non-profit organizations that employ specialists in purchasing. 

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Other Links

These external resources may provide you with additional information about the occupation and opportunities to build experience:

Date modified: June 10, 2019