Buyers and Purchasing Agents, Farm Products
SOC: 13-1021.00

Description:

Purchase farm products either for further processing or resale. Includes tree farm contractors, grain brokers and market operators, grain buyers, and tobacco buyers.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
12,900 employed

Projected (2024):
13,500 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Agronomy Supervisor
  • Any Commodity Buyer
  • Buyer
  • Buying Agent
  • Cattle Broker
  • Cattle Dealer
  • Cattle Producers
  • Cattle Shipper
  • Cattle Trader
  • Cattleman
  • Chicken Buyer
  • Christmas Tree Contractor
  • Clean Rice Broker
  • Commodity Manager
  • Commodity Supervisor
  • Contract Agent
  • Contracts Specialist
  • Cotton Agent
  • Cotton Broker
  • Cotton Buyer
  • Cotton Converter
  • Cotton Factor
  • Cow Buyer
  • Cream Buyer
  • Crop Supervisor
  • Dealer
  • Egg Buyer
  • Elevator Attendant
  • Elevator Operator
  • Farm Contractor Buyer
  • Farm Product Purchaser
  • Farm Products Shipper
  • Farm Specialist
  • Field Contact Person
  • Field Contact Technician
  • Field Contractor
  • Fish Agent
  • Flour Broker
  • Food Broker
  • Fruit Buyer
  • Fruit Shipper
  • Fur Buyer
  • Grain Buyer
  • Grain Commodity Manager
  • Grain Elevator Man
  • Grain Elevator Worker
  • Grain Merchandiser
  • Grain Merchandising Manager
  • Grain Origination Specialist
  • Grain Shipper
  • Ground Products Director
  • Hide Buyer
  • Hog Buyer
  • Hog Trader
  • Horse Buyer
  • Horse Trader
  • Import Coordinator
  • Importer
  • Importer Exporter
  • Internal Wholesaler
  • Livestock Broker
  • Livestock Buyer
  • Livestock Commission Agent
  • Livestock Dealer
  • Livestock Speculator
  • Livestock Trader
  • Livestock, Grain, Cotton and Other Farm Products Purchasing Agent
  • Merchandise Worker
  • Merchandiser
  • Merchandising Manager
  • Origination Specialist
  • Oyster Buyer
  • Oyster Shipper
  • Poultry Buyer
  • Procurement Manager
  • Procurement Specialist
  • Produce Buyer
  • Produce Shipper
  • Purchasing Agent
  • Purchasing Coordinator
  • Purchasing Specialist
  • Raw Products Director
  • Resident Buyer
  • Seed Buyer
  • Shipper
  • Stock Buyer
  • Stock Dealer
  • Stock Shipper
  • Stock Trader
  • Tobacco Buyer
  • Wheat Buyer
  • Wheat Shipper
  • Wool Buyer


  • Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.

    Education:

    Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Food Production
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • History and Archeology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Purchase, for further processing or for resale, farm products such as milk, grains, or Christmas trees.
  • Negotiate contracts with farmers for the production or purchase of farm products.
  • Arrange for processing or resale of purchased products.
  • Arrange for transportation or storage of purchased products.
  • Review orders to determine product types and quantities required to meet demand.
  • Maintain records of business transactions and product inventories, reporting data to companies or government agencies as necessary.
  • Examine or test crops or products to estimate their value, determine their grade, or locate any evidence of disease or insect damage.
  • Coordinate or direct activities of workers engaged in cutting, transporting, storing, or milling products and maintaining records.
  • Calculate applicable government grain quotas.
  • Sell supplies, such as seed, feed, fertilizers, or insecticides, arranging for loans or financing as necessary.
  • Estimate land production possibilities, surveying property and studying factors such as crop rotation history, soil fertility, or irrigation facilities.
  • Advise farm groups or growers on land preparation or livestock care techniques that will maximize the quantity and quality of production.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • 10-key calculators
  • Bulk weighing systems
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital micrometers
  • Grain testers
  • Laptop computers
  • Livestock scales
  • Multi-line telephone systems
  • Personal computers
  • Precision rulers
  • Deltek Costpoint
  • Enterprise resource planning ERP system software
  • IBM Lotus Notes
  • Inventory management system software
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Great Plains software
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Project
  • Microsoft Word
  • Product producer databases
  • SAP software
  • Web browser software


  • business and financial operations


    industry stats

    SOC: 13-0000

    Total Employed: 7,032,560

    Average Annual Salary: $73,800