Retail Salespersons

What do they do?

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

Also known as:

Car Salesman, Clerk, Customer Assistant, Design Consultant, Retail Salesperson, Sales Associate, Sales Clerk, Sales Consultant, Sales Person, Sales Representative, Salesman

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Retail Salespersons in United States

Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Retail Salespersons is projected to show little or no change from 2016 to 2026.

Projected Employment

No Data Available

Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 1.6%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #38 in job growth rate
  • 17,970

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #13 in net job growth

Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0.7%)
  • Master's degree (4%)
  • Bachelor's degree (21.6%)
  • Associate's degree (10.2%)
  • Some college, no degree (27.6%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (29.1%)
  • Less than high school diploma (6.9%)

Percent of workers in this field

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • 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.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Negotiation - Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.

Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • 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.

Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Gather customer or product information to determine customer needs.
  • Greet customers, patrons, or visitors.
  • Recommend products or services to customers.
  • Maintain records of sales or other business transactions.
  • Calculate costs of goods or services.
  • Process sales or other transactions.

This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 24.0 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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