FIND PERSONALIZED JOBS
Sign up to Zippia and discover your career options with your personalized career search.
×
FIND
PERSONALIZED JOBS

Log In

Log In to Save

Sign Up to Save

Sign Up to Dismiss

Sign Up

or

The email and password you specified are invalid. Please, try again.

User already exist with emailId.

Email and password are mandatory

Forgot Password?

Don't have an account? Sign Up

reset password

Enter your email address and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Back to Log In

Log In

Log In to Save

Sign Up to Save

Sign Up to Dismiss

Sign up to save the job and get personalized job recommendations.

or

The email and password you specified are invalid. Please, try again.

Email and password are mandatory

Already Have An Account? Log in

reset password

Enter your email address and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Back to Log In

Job Saved

See your Saved Jobs now

or

find more interesting jobs in

Job Dismissed

Find better matching jobs in

Become A Sales Person

Where do you want to work?

To get started, tell us where you'd like to work.
Sorry, we can't find that. Please try a different city or state.

Working As A Sales Person

  • 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

  • $88,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Sales Person 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.

Show More

Show Less

How To Become A Sales Person

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.

Show More

Show Less

Do you work as a Sales Person?

Sales Person Jobs

NO RESULTS

Aw snap, no jobs found.

Add To My Jobs

Sales Person Career Paths

Sales Person
Security Officer Service Technician Service Manager
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Technician Service Manager
Branch Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Account Executive Sales Manager
Business Development Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Sales Manager Regional Sales Manager
Director Of Sales
10 Yearsyrs
Office Manager General Manager Director Of Sales
Director Of Sales And Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Technician Operations Manager Account Executive
District Sales Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Sales Manager Operations Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Account Manager Sales Manager
General Sales Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Security Guard Security Officer Sales Consultant
Internet Sales Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Account Executive Marketing Manager
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Technician Specialist Account Manager
National Account Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Service Technician Service Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Sales Consultant Sales Manager
Regional Sales Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager General Manager Account Executive
Relationship Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Security Officer Account Manager
Sales Account Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Account Manager Account Executive Sales Manager
Sales And Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
General Manager Account Executive
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
General Manager Account Manager
Senior Account Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Sales Consultant Senior Sales Representative Account Executive
Territory Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Account Manager Sales Consultant Sales Manager
Territory Sales Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Show More

Do you work as a Sales Person?

Help others decide if this is a good career for them

Do you work as a Sales Person?

Sales Person Demographics

Gender

Male

67.3%

Female

30.6%

Unknown

2.0%
Ethnicity

White

77.7%

Hispanic or Latino

12.5%

Asian

7.1%

Unknown

2.1%

Black or African American

0.6%
Show More
Languages Spoken

Spanish

54.2%

French

8.9%

Chinese

4.3%

German

3.8%

Mandarin

3.7%

Arabic

3.6%

Portuguese

3.3%

Italian

3.3%

Russian

3.2%

Japanese

2.1%

Cantonese

1.5%

Korean

1.4%

Hindi

1.4%

Urdu

1.2%

Vietnamese

1.0%

Hebrew

0.7%

Polish

0.7%

Greek

0.6%

Ukrainian

0.5%

Armenian

0.5%
Show More

Sales Person Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

17.9%

Liberty University

6.6%

West Virginia University

5.4%

University of Alabama

4.9%

Michigan State University

4.5%

Kaplan University

4.5%

Northern Virginia Community College

4.3%

University of North Texas

4.3%

Pennsylvania State University

4.2%

Florida State University

4.2%

Temple University

4.1%

University of Houston

4.0%

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

4.0%

Texas Tech University

3.9%

University of Arizona

3.8%

Arizona State University

3.8%

Miami Dade College

3.8%

Brigham Young University

3.8%

University of Southern Mississippi

3.8%

Ashford University

3.8%
Show More
Majors

Business

29.5%

Criminal Justice

6.5%

Psychology

6.0%

Marketing

5.6%

Accounting

5.1%

Communication

5.0%

Management

4.1%

General Studies

4.1%

Finance

3.8%

Computer Science

3.5%

Education

3.1%

English

3.1%

Liberal Arts

2.9%

Nursing

2.8%

Real Estate

2.7%

Kinesiology

2.7%

Biology

2.6%

Political Science

2.6%

Graphic Design

2.5%

History

2.0%
Show More
Degrees

Bachelors

38.6%

Other

34.6%

Associate

12.3%

Masters

7.1%

Certificate

4.3%

Diploma

1.5%

Doctorate

0.8%

License

0.8%
Show More
Job type you want
Full Time
Part Time
Internship
Temporary

Real Sales Person Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Salesperson SG Americas Securities, LLC New York, NY Feb 24, 2014 $280,000
Salesperson SG Americas Securities, LLC New York, NY Feb 24, 2015 $280,000
Salesperson SG Americas Securities, LLC New York, NY Jun 22, 2015 $280,000
Salesperson HSBC Bank USA, N.A. New York, NY Apr 10, 2015 $250,000
Salesperson HSBC Securities (USA) Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 18, 2015 $250,000
Salesperson SG Americas Securities, LLC New York, NY Sep 10, 2015 $250,000
Salesperson HSBC Bank USA, N.A. New York, NY Sep 16, 2013 $250,000
Senior UK and European Equity Specialist Salesperson Investec Securities (Us) LLC New York, NY Jun 24, 2016 $250,000
Corporate Salesperson Citigroup Energy Inc. New York, NY Oct 01, 2015 $250,000
Salesperson HSBC Securities (USA) Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 13, 2014 $250,000
Senior Salesman Aviate Global (Us) LLP New York, NY Mar 30, 2015 $250,000
Senior UK and European Equity Specialist Salesperson Investec Securities (Us) LLC New York, NY Jun 24, 2015 $250,000
Director, Corporate Salesperson Citicorp North America Inc. Houston, TX May 22, 2015 $250,000
Director, SR Securities/Product Salesperson Bank of America N.A. New York, NY Oct 01, 2011 $240,000 -
$260,000
Equity Salesperson Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC New York, NY Mar 23, 2016 $175,000
Salesperson-Institutional FX Sales Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank New York, NY Apr 16, 2016 $175,000
Salesperson SG Americas Securities, LLC New York, NY Dec 15, 2014 $175,000
Equity Salesperson Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC New York, NY May 10, 2015 $175,000
Institutional Investor Salesperson Mitsubishi UFJ Securities (USA) New York, NY Apr 28, 2016 $160,000
Fixed Income Salesperson Investec Securities (Us) LLC New York, NY Oct 01, 2012 $160,000
Salesperson-Institutional FX Sales Credit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank New York, NY Dec 14, 2015 $155,000
Salesperson-Institutional FX Sales Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank New York, NY Apr 16, 2016 $155,000
Salesperson, Fixed Income & Currencies Royal Bank of Canada New York, NY Aug 23, 2010 $120,000 -
$175,000
Salesperson Societe Generale New York, NY Aug 15, 2014 $105,000
Associate, (Australian) Salesperson Canaccord Genuity Inc. New York, NY Jan 04, 2016 $100,000
Associate, Emerging Markets Flow Salesperson RBS Securities Inc. Stamford, CT Jan 11, 2011 $100,000
Senior Corporate Technical Salesman Production Control Services Group Frederick, CO Aug 28, 2011 $99,999
Institutional Salesperson Factset Research Systems Inc. New York, NY Nov 03, 2010 $92,500 -
$125,000
Salesperson Societe Generale New York, NY Aug 01, 2011 $90,000

No Results

To get more results, try adjusting your search by changing your filters.

Show More

How Would You Rate The Salary Of a Sales Person?

Have you worked as a Sales Person? Help other job seekers by rating your experience as a Sales Person.

Top Skills for A Sales Person

CustomerServiceSkillsTopSalesmanProductKnowledgeNewMerchandiseCreditCardsSalesFloorDeliveryPersonalSalesGoalsRealEstateMonthlySalesGoalsDoorSalesCustomerSatisfactionInternetCarSalesCustomerRelationsCommunicationSkillsPhoneCallsNewCustomersPotentialCustomersAuto

Show More

  1. Customer Service Skills
  2. Top Salesman
  3. Product Knowledge
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Cashier Represented the Men's Warehouse at Bridal Shows Focused on and displayed quality customer service skills
  • Recognized as top salesman on numerous occasions within store, region and across the US.
  • Shared product knowledge with customers while making personal recommendations.
  • Conduct orientation and actual training for the new merchandiser on the proper merchandising procedure, their duties and responsibilities.
  • Help customers and give information about products Complete daily sales goals Offer and open store credit cards

How Would You Rate Working As a Sales Person?

Are you working as a Sales Person? Help us rate Sales Person as a Career.

Top Sales Person Employers

Sales Person Videos

Actual Live Sales Call Sales Training

ASMR Gum Chewing Salesperson Role Play ^-^

Taptera - A Day In The Life Of A Sales Person - Facebook