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* ELMI Occupation Profile - Retail Salespersons *
 
Retail Salespersons
(O*NET 41-2031.00, SOC 41-2031)
What they do
Sell merchandise, such as furniture, motor vehicles, appliances, or apparel to consumers.
 
Also called:
Car Salesman, Clerk, Customer Assistant, Retail Salesperson, Sales Associate, Sales Clerk, Sales Consultant, Sales Person, Sales Representative, Salesman
 
 
Wages
Vermont - 2018
Percentile1HourlyYearly
10% $ 10.75   $22,350  
25% $ 11.35   $23,600  
Median $ 12.72   $26,450  
75% $ 16.01   $33,300  
90% $ 20.33   $42,280  
 
Average $ 14.87   $30,930  
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Industries of Employment
United States - 2016
IndustryPercent of total
  • Clothing and clothing accessories stores
21%
  • General merchandise stores
19%
  • Building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers
10%
  • Motor vehicle and parts dealers
8%
  • Sporting goods, hobby, musical instrument, and book stores
8%
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Knowledge
People in this career often know a lot about:
  • Sales and Marketing
    Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
  • Customer and Personal Service
    Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language
    Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Administration and Management
    Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Mathematics
    Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
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Skills
People in this career often have these skills:
  • Persuasion
    Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
  • Active Listening
    Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Service Orientation
    Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Speaking
    Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Negotiation
    Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
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Interests
People in this career often prefer these work environments:
  • Enterprising
    Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
  • Conventional
    Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
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Work Styles
People in this career will do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
    Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Attention to Detail
    Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Cooperation
    Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Integrity
    Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Self Control
    Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
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Projected Employment
 Vermont
2016 employment 9,834
2026 employment 9,612
Annual percent change
(compounded)
-0.2%
Annual projected job openings
(due to change and separations)
1,366
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Education and Experience:
  • Typical education needed for entry
    No formal educational credential
  • Work experience in a related occupation
    No work experience
  • Typical on-the-job training needed to attain competency
    Less than 1 month on-the-job training
Based on BLS Education and Training Classifications
 
Job Zone
Some Preparation Needed
  • Specific Vocational Preparation Range
    (4.0 to < 6.0) - A typical worker will require over 3 months up to and including 1 year of training to achieve average performance in this occupation.
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Education Level
How much education do most people in this career have?
Education level Percent of
U.S. Workers
Doctoral or professional degree
or post-MA certificate
  0%
Master's degree or
post-BA certificate
  0%
Bachelor's degree   4%
Associate's degree   10%
Certificate or some college,
no degree
  3%
High school diploma
or equivalent
  63%
Less than high school diploma   19%
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Licensing
Vermont may require an occupational license:
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Abilities
People in this career often have talent in:
  • Oral Expression
    The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension
    The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Speech Clarity
    The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Speech Recognition
    The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Problem Sensitivity
    The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
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Work Activities
In general, what you might do:
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
    Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
  • Selling or Influencing Others
    Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions.
  • Getting Information
    Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
    Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
    Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
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Detailed Work Activities
What you might do in a day:
  • Gather customer or product information to determine customer needs.
  • Greet customers, patrons, or visitors.
  • Recommend products or services to customers.
  • Maintain records of sales or other business transactions.
  • Process sales or other transactions.
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Tasks
On the job, you would:
  • Greet customers and ascertain what each customer wants or needs.
  • Recommend, select, and help locate or obtain merchandise based on customer needs and desires.
  • Compute sales prices, total purchases, and receive and process cash or credit payment.
  • Prepare merchandise for purchase or rental.
  • Answer questions regarding the store and its merchandise.
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