U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Standard Occupational Classification
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13-1022 Wholesale and Retail Buyers, Except Farm Products
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.
Illustrative examples: Merchandise Buyer,
Broad Occupation: 13-1020 Buyers and Purchasing Agents
Minor Group: 13-1000 Business Operations Specialists
Major Group: 13-0000 Business and Financial Operations Occupations
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Last Modified Date: March 11, 2010