Purchasing Agent

What Does A Purchasing Agent Do?

A purchasing agent is in charge of purchasing all materials needed by an organization. Allison, the purchasing agent featured in the video, works for a school system.

How Do I Become A Purchasing Agent?

A four-year bachelor’s degree in business, accounting, finance, or a related field is required to obtain this position.

What is the Average Salary For A Purchasing Agent?

High – 101,000
Median – 60,000
Low – 35,000

What Courses Should I Take To Become A Purchasing Agent?

  • Take as many college-prep courses as possible!
  • English – As much as possible!
  • Communication
  • Business
  • Finance
  • Accounting

What Is The Work Environment For A Purchasing Agent?

A purchasing agent is an office job that may be found within any industry.

What Is The Future Outlook For A Purchasing Agent?

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.


  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
  • Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada

What Degrees Should I Consider If I Want To Be A Purchasing Agent?