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Buyers & Purchasing Agents, Farm Products

Also called: Buyer, Grain Buyer, Grain Merchandiser, Purchasing Agent

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What they do:
Purchase farm products either for further processing or resale. Includes tree farm contractors, grain brokers and market operators, grain buyers, and tobacco buyers. May negotiate contracts.
On the job, you would:
  • Purchase, for further processing or for resale, farm products, such as milk, grains, or Christmas trees.
  • Arrange for processing or resale of purchased products.
  • Negotiate contracts with farmers for the production or purchase of farm products.

Knowledge

Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
Business
  • customer service
  • accounting and economics
Transportation
  • movement of people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road
Arts and Humanities
  • English language

Skills

Basic Skills
  • talking to others
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
Social
  • bringing people together to solve differences
  • talking people into changing their minds or their behavior

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • use rules to solve problems
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
Math
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Initiative

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Enterprise resource planning ERP software Hot Technology
  • Microsoft Dynamics GP Hot Technology
  • SAP Hot Technology
Presentation software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint Hot Technology
Data base user interface and query software
  • Microsoft Access Hot Technology
  • Oracle

Education

Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$66,690
$39,810
$112,170
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