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Retail Salespersons

General Information

Description

Sell merchandise, such as furniture, motor vehicles, appliances, or apparel to consumers.

Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit89.20%
  2. Self-employed7.42%
  3. Private, not for profit2.04%
  4. State and local government0.64%
  5. Federal government0.33%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Industry areas

  • Marketing

Job Outlook

Projected Job Growth (2022 - 2032)
-2%
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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$30,600

State-by-state Salary

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$35,880
$19,960
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Education & Interests

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • High school 63%
  • Less than high school 19%
  • Associate's degree 9%
  • Bachelor's degree 4%
  • Post-secondary certificate 2%
  • Some college 1%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

PERSONALITY CHARACTERISTICS

You may find this career fulfilling if you consider yourself to be:

  • Enterprising — You have an interest in managing, negotiating and marketing, or leading and advising others.
  • Conventional — You have an interest in following procedures and regulations to organize information or data.

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Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership

Knowledge

  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • English Language
  • Administrative
  • Computers and Electronics

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