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Seattle King WDA: King County
Qualification: Balanced SOC code: 131023 Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products

Purchase machinery, equipment, tools, parts, supplies, or services necessary for the operation of an establishment. Purchase raw or semifinished materials for manufacturing. Excludes “Buyers and Purchasing Agents, Farm Products" (131021) and "Wholesale and Retail Buyers, Except Farm Products" (131022).

According to the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the typical level of education that most workers need to enter this occupation is: High school diploma or equivalent. Additional training, experience, licenses or credentials may be required. Learn more at BLS.
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*How we calculate wages - Source data for wages come from the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey and are subject to restrictions and limitations of the survey. Self-employment, private households and agricultural employment, except for agricultural services, are excluded from OES. All wage estimations are adjusted as of March 2013. Learn more.

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Qualification status for Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products in the other WDAs included below, for relevant areas.
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QualificationSoc area
Demand All workforce development areas, all counties
Balanced Pacific Mountain WDA: Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Thurston counties
Not in demand Snohomish WDA: Snohomish County
Demand Pierce WDA: Pierce County
Demand Benton- Franklin WDA: Benton, Franklin counties
Demand Spokane WDA: Spokane County
Demand Northwest WDA I: Whatcom county
Demand Southwest WDA I: Cowlitz, Wahkiakum counties
Demand North Central WDA I: Chelan/Douglas counties
Demand South Central WDA I: Kittitas County
Not in demand Olympic Consortium WDA I: Kitsap county
Demand Northwest WDA II: Skagit county
Demand Southwest WDA II: Clark County
Demand North Central WDA II: Grant, Adams counties
Demand South Central WDA II: Klickitat County
Not in demand Olympic Consortium WDA II: Clallam, Jefferson counties
Demand