Retail and wholesale buyers purchase goods to be resold by retailers and wholesalers.
This group includes buyers who are supervisors, as well as assistants.
Estimated median employment income based on 2021 Job Bank median hourly wage rate (median annual salary = hourly wage rate x 40 (hours per week) x 52.14 (weeks per year))
Note:Estimated median employment income based on 2021 Job Bank median hourly wage rate (median annual salary = hourly wage rate x 40 (hours per week) x 52.14 (weeks per year))
Source: 2021 Job Bank Wage Report
Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook
10 year expected job openings: 2,030
Retail and wholesale buyers:
Retail and wholesale buyers usually work regular hours in an office setting. They may travel to trade shows, showrooms, factories and product design events to find new products. They often work together as part of a buying team.
The job requires a lot of computer work and the level of technology varies among employers. Some organizations use highly sophisticated tools. Others expect buyers to have the necessary advanced spreadsheet knowledge to analyze sales data.
Source: 2016 Census
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With additional training or experience, retail and wholesale buyers in junior roles may become supervisors or senior buyers. They may take on management positions in retail trade, sales, marketing or advertising.
Retail and wholesale buyers can specialize in a particular merchandise line by gaining experience or by taking product-related training. Having this specialized knowledge can also prepare buyers for supervisory or senior buying roles.