Retail Careers

Retail Careers Overview

Retail Careers Overview

Retail careers can involve selling any type of retail merchandise from cars to clothing to electronics. Retail salespeople assist customers in finding the products they're looking for, and they take care of the payment transaction when a customer purchases items. Most retail sales positions are full time, but the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that about one-third of the sales force works part-time.

Retail Education

In general, retail jobs have no formal educational requirements, but most employers look for applicants who at least have a high school diploma. Most of what you need to know for all types of retail jobs is learned while training on the job, although some large stores have training programs for new hires. Experience with the products you'll be expected to sell is a plus, such as computer experience when applying for a sales position at a computer or electronics store.

Retail Job Market

The outlook is positive for retail careers. Although online sales have cut into store-front retailers' bottom lines, consumers continue to shop in-person in physical stores. The BLS also points to population growth as a reason for an increase in retail sales, leading to increased need for retail salespeople. The projected job growth for retail jobs is expected to be 10 percent over 10 years’ time, up from 4,668,300 in 2012 to 5,118,500 by 2022.

Retail Salaries

The pay for retail salespeople varies from store to store. Some salespeople earn an hourly wage, some work strictly for commissions and some are paid both, with an hourly base-wage in addition to earning commission on each completed sale. This last pay option can be a good thing if the economy is strong and you're a skilled salesperson, but it can work against you if money is tight and consumers aren't buying. Overall, though, retail salespeople average about $10.15 per hour.

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{FeaturedJobPostedDateText}01/16/2019

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{FeaturedJobPostedDateText}01/11/2019

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{FeaturedJobPostedDateText}01/09/2019

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{FeaturedJobPostedDateText}01/07/2019

Description As a Brand Associate, your passion for apparel and fashion trends will enable you to thrive, drive sales, and delight our customers as you execute company ...

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