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Career and Education Opportunities for Farm Product Purchasing Agents in Iowa

Iowa has a population of 3,007,856, which has grown by 2.79% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Hawkeye State," Iowa's capital and largest city is Des Moines.

About 750 people are currently employed as farm product purchasing agents in Iowa. By 2016, this is expected to shrink 9% to 680 people employed. This is not quite as good as the national trend for farm product purchasing agents, which sees this job pool shrinking by about 1.1% over the next eight years. Farm product purchasing agents generally purchase farm products either for further processing or resale.

The income of a farm product purchasing agent is about $21 per hour or $45,610 annually on average in Iowa. In the U.S. as a whole, their income is about $23 per hour or $49,670 per year on average. Incomes for farm product purchasing agents are not quite as good as in the overall category of Representation in Iowa, and not quite as good as the overall Representation category nationally. People working as farm product purchasing agents can fill a number of jobs, such as: crop supervisor, internal wholesaler, and dealer.

In 2008, there were a total of 2,025,350 jobs in Iowa. The average annual income was $37,509 in 2008, up from $35,755 the previous year. The unemployment rate in Iowa was 6.0% in 2009, which has grown by 1.6% since the previous year. About 21.2% of Iowa residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Iowa include machinery manufacturing, agriculture, construction, and mining machinery manufacturing, and grain milling. Notable tourist attractions include the Italian, the Fort Des Moines Memorial Park, and the Historical Outfitters.

CITIES WITH Farm Product Purchasing Agent OPPORTUNITIES IN Iowa


JOB DESCRIPTION: Farm Product Purchasing Agent

Farm Product Purchasing Agent video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, farm product purchasing agents purchase farm products either for further processing or resale.

Every day, farm product purchasing agents are expected to be able to articulate ideas and problems. They need to listen to and understand others in meetings.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Iowa include:

  • Business Management Analyst. Conduct organizational studies and evaluations, design systems and procedures, conduct work simplifications and measurement studies, and prepare operations and procedures manuals to assist management in operating more efficiently and effectively. Includes program analysts and management consultants.
  • Financial Examiner. Enforce or ensure compliance with laws and regulations governing financial and securities institutions and financial and real estate transactions. May examine, verify correctness of, or establish authenticity of records.
  • Wholesale Buyer. 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, 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.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Iowa

Iowa
Iowa photo by Bill Whittaker

Iowa has a population of 3,007,856, which has grown by 2.79% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Hawkeye State," Iowa's capital and largest city is Des Moines. In 2008, there were a total of 2,025,350 jobs in Iowa. The average annual income was $37,509 in 2008, up from $35,755 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Iowa was 6.0% in 2009, which has grown by 1.6% since the previous year. Roughly 21.2% of Iowa residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Iowa include machinery manufacturing, agriculture, construction, and mining machinery manufacturing, and grain milling. Notable tourist attractions include the Science Center of Iowa, the Italian, and the Hubbell Historical Center.