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Typically, there are no formal education requirements for retail sales workers. Most receive on-the-job training, which usually lasts a few days to a few months.Education
Although retail or parts sales positions usually have no formal education requirements, some employers prefer applicants who have a high school diploma or equivalent, especially employers who sell technical products or “big-ticket” items, such as electronics or cars.Training
Most retail sales workers receive on-the-job training, which usually lasts a few days to a few months. In small stores, an experienced employee often trains newly hired workers. In large stores, training programs are more formal and usually conducted over several days.
During training sessions, topics often include customer service, security, the store’s policies and procedures, and how to operate the cash register.
Depending on the type of product they are selling, employees may be given additional specialized training. For example, salespersons working in cosmetics get instruction on the types of products the store offers and for whom the cosmetics would be most beneficial. Likewise, those who sell computers may be instructed on the technical differences between computer products.
Because providing exceptional service to customers is a priority for many employers, employees often get periodic training to update and refine their skills.Advancement
Retail sales workers typically have opportunities to advance to supervisory or managerial positions. Some employers want candidates for managerial positions to have a college degree.
As sales workers gain experience and seniority, they often move into positions that have greater responsibility and may be given their choice of departments in which to work. This opportunity often means moving to positions with higher potential earnings and commissions. The highest earnings potential usually involves selling “big-ticket” items—such as cars, jewelry, furniture, and electronics. These positions often require workers with extensive knowledge of the product and an excellent talent for persuasion.Important Qualities
Customer-service skills. Retail sales workers must be responsive to the wants and needs of customers. They should explain the product options available to customers and make appropriate recommendations.
Interpersonal skills. A friendly and outgoing personality is important for these workers because the job requires almost constant interaction with people.
Math skills. Retail sales workers must have the ability to calculate price totals, discounts, and change owed to customers.
Persistence. A large number of attempted sales may not be successful, so sales workers should not be discouraged easily. They must start each new sales attempt with a positive attitude.
Selling skills. Retail sales workers must be persuasive when interacting with customers. They must clearly and effectively explain the benefits of the merchandise.
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Hispanic or Latino9.6%
Black or African American0.8%
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City College of New York of the City University of New York10.8%
University of Southern California9.0%
New York University7.1%
Tufts University School of Medicine7.1%
Loma Linda University4.9%
University of California - Los Angeles3.9%
University of Pennsylvania3.7%
University of Illinois at Chicago3.7%
University of Maryland - Baltimore3.7%
State University of New York Buffalo School of Dental Medicine3.4%
University of Missouri - Kansas City3.4%
University of California - San Francisco3.2%
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor2.9%
Virginia Commonwealth University2.7%
Meharry Medical College2.7%
Case Western Reserve University2.7%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Associate Dentist||Smilesforever, LLC||Roswell, NM||Sep 15, 2016||$237,229|
|Associate Dentist||Soumava Sen DDS PC||Converse, TX||Sep 01, 2015||$219,000|
|Associate Dentist||Arman Dental PC||Union City, NJ||Jan 06, 2016||$208,700|
|Associate Dentist||Rickey & Wong, DDS, Inc.||Modesto, CA||Jun 09, 2016||$208,700|
|Associate Dentist||Paul Duggal P.C.||Middletown, NY||Jun 05, 2016||$208,700|
|Associate Dentist||Lea County Dental LC||Lovington, NM||Oct 10, 2016||$208,700|
|Associate Dentist||Healthy Smiles Dental Care LLC||Chelsea, MI||Sep 15, 2016||$208,700 -
|Associate Dentist||Prabhjot Sidhu PLLC||Issaquah, WA||Aug 01, 2015||$197,764|
|Associate Dentist||Amanpreet Sidhu PLLC||Redmond, WA||Sep 10, 2015||$197,764|
|Associate Dentist||Smilesforever, LLC||Roswell, NM||Jun 16, 2015||$197,658|
|Associate Dentist||Jerry H. James, DDS Pa||Lovington, NM||Jan 07, 2016||$196,178|
|Associate Dentist||Soumava Sen DDS, PC||San Antonio, TX||Apr 18, 2016||$149,500|
|Associate Dentist||John A Hudec Dental Associates, Inc.||Canfield, OH||Jun 14, 2016||$149,200|
|SR. Dental Associate/Dentist||Forest Family Dentistry PLLC||Austin, TX||Mar 10, 2016||$147,139|
|Associate Dentist||Vidya Suri, DDS Pa||Garland, TX||Mar 16, 2015||$146,090|
|Associate Dentist||Patrik Shah D.D.S., Inc.||Riverside, CA||Sep 15, 2015||$146,090|
|Associate Dentist||Western Dental Services, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Jun 10, 2015||$146,000|
|Associate Dentist||Villages Dental Associates, LLC||Lady Lake, FL||Jan 11, 2016||$145,000|
|Associate Dentist||Mona Agarwal Dentistry PLLC||Borger, TX||Nov 15, 2015||$145,000|
|Associate Dentist||Western Dental Services, Inc.||Vallejo, CA||Sep 02, 2015||$130,000|
|Dentist (Associate)||Desai Dental Associates DDS, PC||Harrisburg, PA||Aug 10, 2015||$130,000|
|Dentist (Associate)||Lakireddy Dental, LLC||Mentor, OH||Feb 26, 2015||$130,000|
|Associate Dentist||Western Dental Services, Inc.||Chico, CA||Aug 09, 2016||$130,000|
|Associate Dentist||Western Dental Services, Inc.||San Mateo, CA||Aug 09, 2016||$130,000|
|Dentist (Associate)||Ga Dentistry Services, PC||Hiram, GA||Feb 08, 2016||$130,000|
|Dentist (Associate)||ARUL PC of Dedham||Dedham, MA||Jun 13, 2016||$130,000|
|Associate Dentist||R.E. Holdings, LLC DBA Reliable Dental Care||Waterbury, CT||Apr 29, 2016||$130,000|
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