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Working As A Lawn And Garden Associate

  • 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

  • $80,356

    Average Salary

What Does A Lawn And Garden Associate 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 A Lawn And Garden Associate

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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Lawn And Garden Associate Career Paths

Lawn And Garden Associate
Delivery Driver Maintenance Technician Service Manager
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Operations Manager General Manager
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Lube Technician Driver Night Auditor
Assistant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Worker Technician Operations Manager
Business Development Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Technician Operations Manager
Business Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Delivery Driver Account Manager
Client Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Crew Member Specialist Account Manager
District Sales Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Service Technician Service Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Delivery Driver Sales Consultant
Internet Sales Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Lube Technician Correction Officer Merchandiser
Merchandising Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Maintenance Technician Operations Manager
Regional Sales Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Overnight Stocker Security Officer Account Manager
Sales Account Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Worker Security Officer Account Manager
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Driver Operation Supervisor Account Executive
Sales/Marketing
5 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Account Manager
Senior Account Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Production Supervisor Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Crew Member General Manager Account Executive
Territory Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Warehouse Manager Sales Manager
Territory Sales Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Driver Instructor Trainer
Training Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Overnight Stocker Material Handler Forklift Operator
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Lawn And Garden Associate Demographics

Gender

Male

68.7%

Female

30.4%

Unknown

0.9%
Ethnicity

White

67.6%

Hispanic or Latino

12.6%

Black or African American

10.7%

Asian

5.9%

Unknown

3.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

57.6%

French

12.1%

Portuguese

6.1%

Russian

6.1%

Arabic

6.1%

Ukrainian

3.0%

German

3.0%

Persian

3.0%

Italian

3.0%
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Lawn And Garden Associate Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

8.7%

West Virginia University

7.8%

Oklahoma State University

6.8%

Ozarks Technical Community College

5.8%

University of Louisville

5.8%

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

4.9%

Old Dominion University

4.9%

Marshall University

4.9%

Eastern Kentucky University

4.9%

Liberty University

4.9%

Western Illinois University

4.9%

Grand Canyon University

4.9%

Clark College

3.9%

University of Southern Indiana

3.9%

Lansing Community College

3.9%

East Tennessee State University

3.9%

Missouri State University

3.9%

Minnesota State University - Mankato

3.9%

Murray State University

3.9%

Ferris State University

3.9%
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Majors

Business

17.5%

Criminal Justice

11.9%

General Studies

8.9%

Psychology

5.6%

Accounting

5.6%

Kinesiology

5.2%

Automotive Technology

4.4%

Computer Science

4.2%

Biology

4.2%

Nursing

4.0%

Communication

3.4%

Liberal Arts

3.4%

Graphic Design

3.2%

Medical Assisting Services

3.0%

History

3.0%

Information Technology

2.8%

Marketing

2.8%

Mechanical Engineering

2.6%

Fine Arts

2.4%

Health Care Administration

2.4%
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Degrees

Other

37.2%

Bachelors

32.3%

Associate

17.7%

Certificate

5.7%

Masters

4.0%

Diploma

2.3%

License

0.5%

Doctorate

0.3%
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Top Skills for A Lawn And Garden Associate

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  1. Customer Service
  2. Store Shelves
  3. Grills
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provided superior customer service and work quality while demonstrating attention to detail, flexibility and innovation in resolving problems.
  • Stocked the store shelves with the proper merchandise to ensure that they were full to their proper capacity.
  • Describe and teach customer about the fertilizers, seeds and different grills and lawn furniture.
  • Comply with all company policies and continuously monitor sales floor for safety hazards.
  • Sustain a clean sales floor to influence store success.

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