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.

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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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