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WHOLESALE AND RETAIL BUYERS, EXCEPT FARM PRODUCTS
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Occupation Description:
 
  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.
 
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Typical Tasks:
 
 
  • Buy merchandise or commodities for resale to wholesale or retail consumers.
  • Negotiate prices, discount terms, or transportation arrangements with suppliers.
  • Examine, select, order, or purchase merchandise consistent with quality, quantity, specification requirements, or other factors, such as environmental soundness.
  • Recommend mark-up rates, markdown rates, or merchandise selling prices.
  • Obtain information about customer needs or preferences by conferring with sales or purchasing personnel.
  • Collaborate with vendors to obtain or develop desired products.
  • Inspect merchandise or products to determine quality, value, or yield.
 
Skills:
 
 
  • Negotiation - Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences..
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems..
  • Persuasion - Persuading others to change their minds or behavior..
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times..
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively..
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making..
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one..
 
Knowledge:
 
 
  • Sales and Marketing - Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems..
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction..
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar..
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications..
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources..
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming..
  • Economics and Accounting - Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data..
 
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Education & Training:
 
  Long-term on-the-job training (more than 12 months)
 
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License Authority for Fisher, Commercial: Seafood Dealer:  (License details)
 
  Department of Energy & Environmental Protection
79 Elm Street
Hartford, CT   006106
(860) 424-3000
email: deep.webmaster@ct.gov
www.ct.gov/deep

 
License Authority for Fisher, Commercial: Bait Dealer:  (License details)
 
  Department of Energy & Environmental Protection
79 Elm Street
Hartford, CT   006106
(860) 424-3000
email: deep.webmaster@ct.gov
www.ct.gov/deep

 
Wage Information:
 
 
Region Average Annual Average Hourly Entry Level (hourly) Mid-Range  (hourly)
Statewide $67,460.00 $32.43 $18.36 $20.98 - $36.49
Bridgeport/Stamford $65,021.00 $31.26 $17.58 $19.45 - $35.23
Danbury $60,042.00 $28.87 $19.71 $23.33 - $32.65
Hartford $74,093.00 $35.62 $17.97 $19.87 - $35.62
New Haven $67,103.00 $32.26 $20.34 $24.29 - $39.28
New London/Norwich $53,970.00 $25.95 $18.34 $20.48 - $31.17
Waterbury $60,572.00 $29.12 $22.46 $25.16 - $33.58
      
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Occupation Outlook:
 
 
Region Employment Average Annual Growth Rate Average Annual Job Openings
2014 2024
State of Connecticut 1,170 1,210 0.2% 40
 
 
Chart of Growth Rate and Annual Openings   Employment in this occupation is expected to grow about as fast as average, and the number of annual openings will offer very good job opportunities.
Key:
  N/A = Not Applicable, ***** = Over $60.00 per hour, ##### = Over $124,821
 
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