Purchasing Managers, Buyers, and Purchasing Agents
Purchasing managers, buyers, and purchasing agents held about 527,400 jobs in 2008. About 42 percent worked in the wholesale trade and manufacturing industries and another 10 percent worked in retail trade. The remainder worked mostly in service establishments, such as management of companies and enterprises or professional, scientific, and technical services. A small number were self-employed.
The following tabulation shows the distribution of employment by occupational specialty:
Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products