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Pierce WDA: Pierce County
Qualification: SOC code: 131022

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.

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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