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Become A Department Specialist

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Working As A Department Specialist

  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Selling or Influencing Others
  • Getting Information
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • $83,158

    Average Salary

What Does A Department Specialist Do At Belk, Inc.

* Merchandise new receipts on the sales floor following company guidelines while interpreting the directives to best align with the brand and your store architecture.
* Storytelling: Understand selling trends and merchandise departments in a way that follows company directives while also appealing to your customer’s preferences.
* Organization: Perform duties such as maintaining store standards, including rotation of products, displaying merchandise properly, pricing and signing, plan-o-gram integrity, and restocking as necessary.
* Team Focus: Assist in gathering and moving materials, merchandise, fixtures and equipment necessary for the assigned project work.
* Work proactively with others to complete projects.
* Peer Coach: Partner with store associates to achieve and maintain merchandising excellence, discuss new product and changes to presentation.
* Selling: Must be proficient in running the register and willing to jump in and sell during designated periods of high volume or low floor coverage

What Does A Department Specialist Do At General Atomics and Affiliated Companies

* Coordinates the activities of one or more functional areas or one or more project/business/technical units.
* Gathers, collects, records, tracks, verifies data and information from multiple sources.
* Coordinates, tracks, and reports on the progress of unit work assignments and/or projects.
* Complete data analytics for special projects and performance data.
* Maintains, develops, and updates a variety of electronic and/or hard copy reports and records which may be confidential and sensitive in nature for a variety of parties which require independent interaction with management, customers, vendors or agencies.
* Will coordinate travel and stay for the Sr.
* Director that you will be supporting.
* Responds to a variety of verbal and written requests for information from internal sources and may respond to verbal and written requests for information from authorized external parties and/or agencies.
* Assimilates data and prepares requested electronic and hard copy reports, and presentations.
* May provide direction and guidance to less experienced staff and may make presentations to internal and external parties.
* Will perform administrative duties as directed.
* Responsible for observing all laws, regulations, and other applicable obligations wherever and whenever business is conducted on behalf of the Company.
* Expected to work in a safe manner in accordance with established operating procedures and practices.
* Additional Functions; Other duties as assigned or required

What Does A Department Specialist Do At Gap Inc.


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How To Become A Department Specialist

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.


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.


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.


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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Department Specialist Career Paths

Department Specialist
Operations Manager Plant Manager General Manager
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Program Manager General Manager
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Production Supervisor Operations Manager
Branch Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Sales Manager Regional Sales Manager
Director Of Sales
10 Yearsyrs
Office Manager General Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Department Supervisor Operations Manager Account Executive
District Sales Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Accounting Clerk Accountant Finance Analyst
Finance Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Operations Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Accounting Clerk Accounting Manager Finance Manager
General Sales Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Department Supervisor Production Supervisor Sales Manager
Market Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Human Resource Specialist Specialist Account Manager
National Account Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Sales Manager General Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Technician Service Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Specialist Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Project Coordinator Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Branch Manager General Manager
Regional Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Specialist Account Manager Account Executive
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Program Manager Business Development Manager
Senior Account Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Human Resource Specialist Recruiter Operations Manager
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Product Manager Sales Manager
Territory Sales Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Department Specialist Demographics


  • Female

  • Male

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Russian

  • French

  • Arabic

  • Chinese

  • Hindi

  • Italian

  • German

  • Japanese

  • Bosnian

  • Portuguese

  • Urdu

  • Vietnamese

  • Gujarati

  • Bulgarian

  • Ukrainian

  • Tigrinya

  • Croatian

  • Kazakh

  • Serbian

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Top Skills for A Department Specialist


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Top Department Specialist Skills

  1. Customer Service Skills
  2. New Merchandise
  3. Department Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Demonstrate excellent customer service skills.
  • Created merchandise sets using a floor map to ensure new merchandise for the season is properly displayed.
  • Performed troubleshooting of department procedures and transactions performed daily, weekly, and monthly.
  • Work within the Bureau to ensure compliance with the Open Meetings Act.
  • Balanced cash and performed data entry functions.

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