Also known as Buyer, Grain Buyer, Grain Merchandiser, Grain Origination Specialist, Purchasing Agent, Tobacco Buyer
Also known as Buyer, Grain Buyer, Grain Merchandiser
Grain Buyers purchase farm products either for further processing or resale.
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Grain Buyers are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:
The above responsibilities are specific to Grain Buyers. More generally, Grain Buyers are involved in several broader types of activities:
The median salary for a Grain Buyer is $66,690, and the average salary is $72,370. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Grain Buyer salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.
Many Grain Buyers earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Grain Buyers earn less than $39,810 per year, 25% earn less than $50,840, 75% earn less than $88,600, and 90% earn less than $112,170.
Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Grain Buyers is expected to change by -5.4%, and there should be roughly 39,500 open positions for Grain Buyers every year.
Career interests describe a person's preferences for different types of working environments and activities. When a person's interest match the demands of an occupation, people are usually more engaged and satisfied in that role.
Compared to most occupations, those who work as a Grain Buyer are usually higher in their Enterprising, Conventional, and Realistic interests.
Grain Buyers typically have very strong Enterprising interests. Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
Also, Grain Buyers typically have very strong Conventional interests. Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
Lastly, Grain Buyers typically have moderate Realistic interests. Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
People differ in their values, or what is most important to them for building job satisfaction and fulfillment.
Compared to most people, those working as a Grain Buyer tend to value Independence, Working Conditions, and Relationships.
Most importantly, Grain Buyers strongly value Independence. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions.
Second, Grain Buyers moderately value Working Conditions. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions.
Lastly, Grain Buyers moderately value Relationships. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment.
Each occupation brings its own set of psychological demands, which describe the characteristics necessary to perform the job well.
In order to perform their job successfully, people who work as Grain Buyers must consistently demonstrate qualities such as stress tolerance, dependability, and attention to detail.
Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Grain Buyers, ranked by importance:
Many Grain Buyers will have a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
Grain Buyers usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
Grain Buyers may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as mathematics, customer and personal service, or transportation knowledge.
The list below shows several areas in which most Grain Buyers might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.
Grain Buyers must develop a particular set of abilities to perform their job well. Abilities are individual capacities that influence a person's information processing, sensory perception, motor coordination, and physical strength or endurance. Individuals may naturally have certain abilities without explicit training, but most abilities can be sharpened somewhat through practice.
For example, Grain Buyers need abilities such as oral expression, speech clarity, and oral comprehension in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for Grain Buyers, ranked by their relative importance.
Skills are developed capacities that enable people to function effectively in real-world settings. Unlike abilities, skills are typically easier to build through practice and experience. Skills influence effectiveness in areas such as learning, working with others, design, troubleshooting, and more.
Grain Buyers frequently use skills like speaking, critical thinking, and active listening to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Grain Buyers, ranked by their relative importance.
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