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Retail Sales Jobs Get a Boost

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Recent reports indicating that May was a good month for retail sales have boosted investor confidence in the retail sector. According to the US Department of Commerce, retail sales of goods and services rose by 1% in May, double what economists had expected.

The millions of stimulus checks mailed out to taxpayers recently by the federal government are thought to have boosted retail sales in the US, at least for the time being. According to the most recent retail sales report from the Department of Commerce, general merchandise stores, including stores like Wal-Mart, saw sales rise by 1.2% in May. Sales were robust at stores selling appliances and electronics, sporting goods, building materials, and healthcare products. What’s more, this increase in sales suggests a scenario that many job seekers might be eager to see: a solid increase in the number of retail sales jobs.

Retail Sales Job Opportunities

Good opportunities for retail sales jobs are available at a variety of retail businesses including department stores, clothing stores, drugstores, discount stores, gardening equipment dealers and suppliers, general merchandise shops, and car dealerships.

Retail sales jobs are lucrative opportunities for those looking for part-time work. Increased demand for retail salesperson is forecasted for warehouse clubs and super centers that sell an assortment of goods at low prices — consumer preference is continuously increasing for these types of stores.

Conventionally, jobs in the retail sales sector are easy to find, as a large number of employees quit these types of jobs every year.

Advancing Your Career in Retail Sales Jobs

If you have some experience in retail sales, you can advance your career by becoming a department or store manager. People who work for retail chain stores may also find themselves promoted to administrative jobs at the given company’s headquarters. After a brief stint in retail sales, other individuals find it easier to find good opportunities in other occupations. Less educated individuals, in particular, may find that they can get better opportunities in other sectors after gaining experience in retail sales.

Retails Sales Jobs: Earnings

According to the federal government, the median earnings of retail salesperson, including commissions, were $9.50 per hour in May 2006. Automobile dealerships offered the highest salaries (with median hourly earnings of $18.70), followed by building material and supplies dealers and other general merchandise stores.

In general, earnings vary depending on the type of store and the products being sold. Retail sales jobs offering commissions provide additional opportunities to earn more; however, here earnings strongly depend on the given individual’s ability to sell.

Requirements for Retails Sales Jobs

The retail industry does not require any specific educational attainments for retail sales jobs. That said, a basic high school diploma or its equivalent is generally preferred. Furthermore, for a managerial position, a college degree is usually required.

Employers look for people who have a penchant for selling. Other criteria include the ability to work as part of a team and the patience to deal with difficult customers. Good communication skills are key requirements for retail sales jobs.


Since the retail sector is showing signs of resilience in these times of economic recession, retail sales jobs should be available in abundance, perhaps more than ever before.
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