Wholesale and Retail Buyers, Except Farm Products (13-1022)

Occupation description:  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.

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Employment and Job Openings

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 8490 7.11 33
United States 129,500137,500 6.2810 4,1104,910

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is low with low employment opportunities. Read more.


2015 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 28.5014.5218.96 25.4534.2345.96
Alaska 25.9314.3816.82 22.9832.5042.28
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 29.3814.8118.66 27.4136.6146.00
Southeast Region 21.2015.0416.29 18.3426.0233.31
Balance of State 22.7311.1614.16 18.2527.8942.39

Labor Force Indicators

2015 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
1075 4.751.9 38.5
2015 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation14
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation7
UI claimants previously working in occupation5
2015 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 175
Number of job position postings 10
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 17.5

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: Bachelor’s degree Work experience: None On-the-job training: Long-term on-the-job training