Sales Occupations

Employment of sales and related occupations is projected to show little or no change from 2018 to 2028. Sales workers in the services and wholesale sectors will continue to be in demand because these occupations remain critical in building and maintaining customer bases for businesses. Rising levels of E-commerce will depress employment growth in the retail sector, where the number of cashiers is projected to decline slightly.

The median annual wage for sales and related occupations was $28,180 in May 2018, which was lower than the median annual wage for all occupations of $38,640.

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Advertising sales agents Advertising Sales Agents

Advertising sales agents sell advertising space to businesses and individuals.

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Cashiers Cashiers

Cashiers process payments from customers purchasing goods and services.

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Insurance sales agents Insurance Sales Agents

Insurance sales agents contact potential customers and sell one or more types of insurance.

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Models Models

Models pose for artists, photographers, and other clients to help advertise products.

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Real estate brokers and sales agents Real Estate Brokers and Sales Agents

Real estate brokers and sales agents help clients buy, sell, and rent properties.

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Retail sales workers Retail Sales Workers

Retail sales workers help customers find products they want and process customers’ payments.

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Sales engineers Sales Engineers

Sales engineers sell complex scientific and technological products or services to businesses.

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Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents

Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents connect buyers and sellers in financial markets.

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Travel agents Travel Agents

Travel agents sell transportation, lodging, and entertainment activities to individuals and groups planning trips.

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Wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives Wholesale and Manufacturing Sales Representatives

Wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives sell goods for wholesalers or manufacturers to businesses, government agencies, and other organizations.

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Last Modified Date: Wednesday, September 4, 2019