Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products (13-1023)

Occupation description:  Purchase machinery, equipment, tools, parts, supplies, or services necessary for the operation of an establishment. Purchase raw or semi-finished materials for manufacturing. Excludes Buyers and Purchasing Agents, Farm Products (13-1021) and Wholesale and Retail Buyers, Except Farm Products (13-1022).

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Employment and Job Openings

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 604613 1.51 1718
United States 300,800299,300 -0.50 8,2708,270

Job outlook

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


2015 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 31.7918.2022.90 29.9138.8848.06
Alaska 35.4122.3427.16 34.1743.0152.03
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 36.8522.6028.17 36.3145.4654.05
Fairbanks North Star Borough 34.4325.4128.72 33.6640.5447.47
Southeast Region 32.4820.9125.08 32.3937.8148.08
Balance of State 33.6122.6426.16 31.8438.4951.50

Labor Force Indicators

2015 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
52958 11.062.0 48.2
2015 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation100
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation61
UI claimants previously working in occupation37
2015 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 135
Number of job position postings 21
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 6.4

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