This occupation has a moderate probability of automation.

29.0% probability

of automation

-1.9% growth

projected to 2026

123,300 employed

currently in the US

$60,040 annual wage

US, median ($28.87 hourly)

What they do

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.

Risk of automation

This occupation is 29.0% likely to be automated. It ranks 237 of 702 occupations analyzed (higher rank means higher likelihood).

People affected and economic value

In the US, 123,300 people have this job. They earn $60,040 per year on average (the mean annual wage). The occupation therefore represents $7,402,932,000 in annual economic value. The mean hourly wage for this occupation is $28.87.

Official growth forecast

This occupation is projected to shrink -1.9% between 2016 and 2026. At this rate, there would be 121,000 people with this job at that time.

References and notes

This article uses data from "The Future of Employment" (PDF), a 2013 study from University of Oxford researchers, and US Bureau of Labor Statistics files including Standard Occupational Classification 2010 Definitions (XLS), May 2016 Occupational Employment Statistics (zip) and 2016-2026 Employment Projections (XLS).