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Sales Occupations


The most recent data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2021) states the following about sales occupations:

Sales workers in this group sell goods and services or connect buyers with sellers in a specific market, such as real estate or securities.

Overall employment in sales occupations is projected to show little or no change from 2021 to 2031; this limited change is expected to result in a decrease of about 164,500 jobs over the decade. Nonetheless, opportunities arise from the need to replace workers who leave their occupations permanently. About 1.9 million openings each year, on average, are projected to come from replacement needs.

The median annual wage for this group was $30,600 in May 2021, which was lower than the median annual wage for all occupations of $45,760.


Sales Jobs

Below you find a list of sales positions with a job summary, entry-level education, and median pay level. Each link brings you to a specific job page where you can find more information about the position, and commonly asked interview questions and answers for that job.

OccupationJob SummaryEntry-Level Education2021 Median Pay
Advertising Sales AgentsAdvertising sales agents sell advertising space to businesses and individuals.High school diploma or equivalent$52,340
CashiersCashiers process payments from customers purchasing goods and services.No formal educational credential$27,260
Insurance Sales AgentsInsurance sales agents contact potential customers and sell one or more types of insurance.High school diploma or equivalent$49,840
ModelsModels pose for artists, photographers, and other clients to help advertise products.No formal educational credentialNot available
Real Estate Brokers and Sales AgentsReal estate brokers and sales agents help clients buy, sell, and rent properties.High school diploma or equivalent$48,770
Retail Sales WorkersRetail sales workers help customers find products they want and process customers’ payments.No formal educational credential$29,180
Sales EngineersSales engineers sell complex scientific and technological products or services to businesses.Bachelor's degree$103,710
Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales AgentsSecurities, commodities, and financial services sales agents connect buyers and sellers in financial markets.Bachelor's degree$62,910
Travel AgentsTravel agents sell transportation, lodging, and entertainment activities to individuals and groups planning trips.High school diploma or equivalent$43,810
Wholesale and Manufacturing Sales RepresentativesWholesale and manufacturing sales representatives sell goods for wholesalers or manufacturers to businesses, government agencies, and other organizations.High school diploma or equivalent$62,890


Job Interview Topics – Common Job Interview Questions & Answers

Below you can find a list of common job interview topics. Each link will direct you to an article regarding the specific topics that discuss commonly asked interview questions. Furthermore, each article discusses why the interviewer asks these questions and how you answer them!

  1. Accomplishments
  2. Adaptability
  3. Admission
  4. Behavioral
  5. Career Change
  6. Career Goals
  7. Communication
  8. Competency
  9. Conflict Resolution
  10. Creative Thinking
  11. Cultural Fit
  12. Customer Service
  13. Direct
  14. Experience
  15. Government
  16. Graduate
  17. Growth Potential
  18. Honesty & Integrity
  19. Illegal
  20. Inappropriate
  21. Job Satisfaction
  22. Leadership
  23. Management
  24. Entry-Level & No experience
  25. Performance-Based
  26. Personal
  27. Prioritization & Time Management
  28. Problem-solving
  29. Salary
  30. Situational & Scenario-based
  31. Stress Management
  32. Teamwork
  33. Telephone Interview
  34. Tough
  35. Uncomfortable
  36. Work Ethic

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