"customer service," "communication," and "outbound calls" aren't the only skills we found inside sales representatives list on their resumes. In fact, there's a whole list of inside sales representative responsibilities that we found, including:
After discovering the most helpful skills, we moved onto what kind of education might be helpful in becoming an inside sales representative. We found that 66.0% of inside sales representatives have graduated with a bachelor's degree and 4.0% of people in this position have earned their master's degrees. While most inside sales representatives have a college degree, you may find it's also true that generally it's possible to be successful in this career with only a high school degree. In fact, our research shows that one out of every seven inside sales representatives were not college graduates.
Those inside sales representatives who do attend college, typically earn either business degrees or marketing degrees. Less commonly earned degrees for inside sales representatives include communication degrees or psychology degrees.
Once you've obtained the level of education you're comfortable with, you might start applying to companies to become an inside sales representative. We've found that most inside sales representative resumes include experience from Ferguson,, United Rentals, and A Place for Mom. Of recent, Ferguson, had 128 positions open for inside sales representatives. Meanwhile, there are 123 job openings at United Rentals and 117 at A Place for Mom.
But if you're interested in companies where you might earn a high salary, inside sales representatives tend to earn the biggest salaries at SolarWinds, VMware, and Splunk. Take SolarWinds for example. The median inside sales representative salary is $84,036. At VMware, inside sales representatives earn an average of $76,643, while the average at Splunk is $76,494. You should take into consideration how difficult it might be to secure a job with one of these companies.
Some other companies you might be interested in as a inside sales representative include Dell, Fastenal, and HP. These three companies were found to hire the most inside sales representatives from the top 100 U.S. educational institutions.
The industries that inside sales representatives fulfill the most roles in are the technology and manufacturing industries. But the highest inside sales representative annual salary is in the technology industry, averaging $54,360. In the manufacturing industry they make $44,171 and average about $43,059 in the professional industry. In conclusion, inside sales representatives who work in the technology industry earn a 70.3% higher salary than inside sales representatives in the retail industry.