Some of the skills we found on sales representative resumes included "sales process," "product knowledge," and "customer service." We have detailed the most important sales representative responsibilities below.
Before becoming a sales representative, 53.7% earned their bachelor's degree. When it comes down to graduating with a master's degree, 3.7% sales representatives went for the extra education. If you're wanting to pursue this career, it may be possible to be successful with a high school degree. In fact, most sales representatives have a college degree. But about one out of every six sales representatives didn't attend college at all.
The sales representatives who went onto college to earn a more in-depth education generally studied business and marketing, while a small population of sales representatives studied communication and psychology.
Once you're ready to become a sales representative, you should explore the companies that typically hire sales representatives. According to sales representative resumes that we searched through, sales representatives are hired the most by NFIB, Oracle, and Champion Window. Currently, NFIB has 3,497 sales representative job openings, while there are 3,103 at Oracle and 1,020 at Champion Window.
But if you're interested in companies where you might earn a high salary, sales representatives tend to earn the biggest salaries at Google, Palo Alto Networks, and Erie Homes for Children and Adults. Take Google for example. The median sales representative salary is $118,278. At Palo Alto Networks, sales representatives earn an average of $116,908, while the average at Erie Homes for Children and Adults is $106,282. 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 sales representative include Vector Marketing, AT&T;, and Best Buy. These three companies were found to hire the most sales representatives from the top 100 U.S. educational institutions.
In general, sales representatives fulfill roles in the insurance and manufacturing industries. While employment numbers are high in those industries, the sales representative annual salary is the highest in the pharmaceutical industry with $74,623 as the average salary. Meanwhile, the technology and telecommunication industries pay $59,501 and $53,026 respectively. This means that sales representatives who are employed in the pharmaceutical industry make 63.0% more than sales representatives who work in the retail Industry.