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Become A Parts Specialist

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Working As A Parts Specialist

  • 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

  • $29,590

    Average Salary

What Does A Parts Specialist Do

A Parts Specialist purchases equipment parts or supplies in order to maintain stock levels. They contact vendors to order parts and check all incoming purchases against invoices.

How To Become A Parts 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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Parts Specialist Career Paths

Parts Specialist
Service Technician Field Service Technician Service Manager
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Operations Manager General Manager
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Service Advisor Assistant Service Manager Service Manager
Branch Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Account Manager Territory Sales Manager
Commercial Sales Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Service Advisor Service Manager General Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Parts Manager Service Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Assistant Parts Manager Parts Manager General Manager
General Manager Of Operations
9 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Account Manager Sales Manager
General Sales Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Service Representative Inside Sales Representative
Inside Sales Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Sales Consultant
Internet Sales Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Accounts Payable Clerk Purchasing Agent
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Technician Operations Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Parts Manager Service Advisor Service Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Driver Dispatcher Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Technician Specialist Account Manager
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Truck Driver Instructor Service Manager
Service Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Shipping Clerk Shipping Supervisor
Shipping Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Driver Delivery Driver Operations Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor Warehouse Supervisor
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Parts Specialist Demographics


  • Male

  • Female

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

  • Unknown

  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Mandarin

  • Hmong

  • Japanese

  • Cherokee

  • Carrier

  • Portuguese

  • Chinese

  • German

  • Polish

  • Vietnamese

  • Shona

  • Cheyenne

  • Igbo

  • Russian

  • Thai

  • Kurdish

  • Cantonese

  • Italian

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Top Skills for A Parts Specialist


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Top Parts Specialist Skills

  1. Customer Service Skills
  2. Automotive Parts
  3. Delivery
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Experience as Automotive Service Consultant Familiarity with automotive & truck systems Excellent communication skills Strong customer service skills
  • Ordered automotive parts for dealerships throughout the region.
  • Provided parts delivery to customers.
  • Maintained daily, weekly, monthly inventory control.
  • Use of internal, proprietary Nissan parts inventory systems to locate part information, and the location in warehouse.

Top Parts Specialist Employers