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Working As An Auto Parts Clerk

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Getting Information
  • Selling or Influencing Others
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Deal with People

  • Make Decisions

  • Repetitive

  • $33,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Auto Parts Clerk Do

Retail sales workers include both those who sell retail merchandise, such as clothing, furniture, and cars, (called retail salespersons) and those who sell spare and replacement parts and equipment, especially car parts (called parts salespersons). Both types of workers help customers find the products they want and process customers’ payments.

Duties

Retail sales workers typically do the following:

  • Greet customers and offer them assistance
  • Recommend merchandise based on customers’ wants and needs
  • Explain the use and benefit of merchandise to customers
  • Answer customers’ questions
  • Show how merchandise works, if applicable
  • Add up customers’ total purchases and accept payment
  • Inform customers about current sales, promotions, and policies about payments and exchanges

The following are examples of types of retail sales workers:

Retail salespersons work in stores where they sell goods, such as books, cars, clothing, cosmetics, electronics, furniture, lumber, plants, shoes, and many other types of merchandise.

In addition to helping customers find and select items to buy, many retail salespersons process the payment for the sale, which typically involves operating cash registers.

After taking payment for the purchases, retail salespersons may bag or package the purchases.

Depending on the hours they work, retail salespersons may have to open or close cash registers. This includes counting the money in the register and separating charge slips, coupons, and exchange vouchers. They may also make deposits at a cash office.

For information about other workers who receive and disburse money, see the profile on cashiers.

In addition, retail salespersons may help stock shelves or racks, arrange for mailing or delivery of purchases, mark price tags, take inventory, and prepare displays.

For some retail sales jobs, particularly those involving expensive and complex items, retail sales workers need special knowledge or skills. For example, those who sell cars must be able to explain the features of various models, manufacturers’ specifications, different types of options on the car, financing available, and the details of associated warranties.

In addition, retail sales workers must recognize security risks and thefts and understand their organization’s procedures for handling thefts—procedures that may include notifying security guards or calling police.

Parts salespersons sell spare and replacement parts and equipment, especially car parts. Most work in either automotive parts stores or automobile dealerships. They take customers’ orders, inform customers of part availability and price, and take inventory.

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How To Become An Auto Parts Clerk

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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Top Skills for An Auto Parts Clerk

  1. Customer Service
  2. Delivery Vehicles
  3. Car Leases
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Managed wide variety of customer service and administrative tasks to resolve customer issues quickly and efficiently.
  • Maintain cleanliness, appearance, and safe operation of commercial delivery vehicles on a daily and weekly basis.
  • Prepare sales slips or sales contracts.
  • Maintained and organized merchandise stocks and handled cash- Ordered supplies and maintained inventory control
  • Ensured stock was accurate for all material arrivals, ensured invoice correctly matched customer orders.

Auto Parts Clerk Demographics

Gender

Male

58.5%

Female

26.1%

Unknown

15.4%
Ethnicity

White

61.3%

Hispanic or Latino

17.2%

Black or African American

11.3%

Asian

6.7%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

80.0%

Carrier

20.0%

Auto Parts Clerk Education

Schools

The Academy

18.8%

College America - Cheyenne

6.3%

Brazosport College

6.3%

Nevada School of Massage Therapy - Las Vegas

6.3%

Everest Institute

6.3%

Erie Community College

6.3%

Capella University

6.3%

McHenry County College

6.3%

Central Washington University

3.1%

Arkansas Baptist College

3.1%

O'More College of Design

3.1%

Mountain Empire Community College

3.1%

Columbus State Community College

3.1%

ITT Technical Institute - Indianapolis

3.1%

Lincoln Technical Institute

3.1%

Shorter College

3.1%

Lamar Institute of Technology

3.1%

Sullivan College of Technology and Design

3.1%

Hope College

3.1%

University of Maryland - University College

3.1%
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Majors

Business

27.9%

Automotive Technology

12.5%

General Studies

5.9%

Criminal Justice

5.9%

Computer Science

5.1%

Electrical Engineering

5.1%

Accounting

4.4%

Medical Technician

3.7%

Health Care Administration

3.7%

Graphic Design

2.9%

Education

2.9%

Management

2.2%

Mental Health Counseling

2.2%

Precision Metal Working

2.2%

Heating And Air Conditioning

2.2%

Aviation

2.2%

Elementary Education

2.2%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.2%

Nursing

2.2%

Mechanical Engineering

2.2%
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Degrees

Other

49.5%

Associate

20.7%

Bachelors

14.1%

Certificate

9.1%

Masters

2.5%

Diploma

2.5%

License

1.5%
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