The most recent data of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2019) states the following about sales occupations:
Employment in sales and related occupations is projected to decline 2 percent, with a loss of about 303,400 jobs from 2019 to 2029. 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 some of these occupations in the retail sector.
The median annual wage for sales and related occupations was $29,630 in May 2019, which was lower than the median annual wage for all occupations of $39,810.
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.
|Occupation||Job Summary||Entry-Level Education||2019 Median Pay|
|Advertising Sales Agents||Advertising sales agents sell advertising space to businesses and individuals.||High school diploma or equivalent||$53,310|
|Cashiers||Cashiers process payments from customers purchasing goods and services.||No formal educational credential||$23,650|
|Insurance Sales Agents||Insurance sales agents contact potential customers and sell one or more types of insurance.||High school diploma or equivalent||$50,940|
|Models||Models pose for artists, photographers, and other clients to help advertise products.||No formal educational credential||$28,350|
|Real Estate Brokers and Sales Agents||Real estate brokers and sales agents help clients buy, sell, and rent properties.||High school diploma or equivalent||$50,730|
|Retail Sales Workers||Retail sales workers help customers find products they want and process customers’ payments.||No formal educational credential||$25,440|
|Sales Engineers||Sales engineers sell complex scientific and technological products or services to businesses.||Bachelor's degree||$103,900|
|Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents||Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents connect buyers and sellers in financial markets.||Bachelor's degree||$62,270|
|Travel Agents||Travel agents sell transportation, lodging, and entertainment activities to individuals and groups planning trips.||High school diploma or equivalent||$40,660|
|Wholesale and Manufacturing Sales Representatives||Wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives sell goods for wholesalers or manufacturers to businesses, government agencies, and other organizations.||See How to Become One||$63,000|
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!
- Career Change
- Career Goals
- Conflict Resolution
- Creative Thinking
- Cultural Fit
- Customer Service
- Growth Potential
- Honesty & Integrity
- Job Satisfaction
- Entry-Level & No experience
- Prioritization & Time Management
- Situational & Scenario-based
- Stress Management
- Telephone Interview
- Work Ethic