WHAT DO SALES ASSOCIATES DO?
Anchors Aweigh! It's time to set sale! Also known as sales workers or salespersons, sales associates sell retail products and goods, such as equipment, clothes, cars or car parts, etc. Sales associates work with customers to find what they want, ensure a smooth sales process and process transactions. Have you heard of service with a smile? That's you!
HOW MUCH DO SALES ASSOCIATES MAKE?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, retail sales workers made a median of $10.09 an hour, or $20,990 yearly in 2010.
WHAT ARE THE EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS?
With the right attitude, you can become a sales associate without a high school diploma, although high school graduates are often preferred.
JOB SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS
- Customer Service Skills: The customer is always right. You will need to be able speak in a friendly way to customers and potential customers, listening to their needs and helping communicate options for them.
- Communication Skills: You will need to speak to customers about a product's different features, and answer any questions they might have.
- Flexibility: You might have to work long hours, nights or weekends.
- Persistence: Not every customer is going to be a sale. Being able to bounce back if you lose a sale will be key for this job.
CAREER PATHS FOR ASSOCIATES
THE FUTURE OF ASSOCIATES
The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that retail sales workers are expected to grow at about 17% over the next 10 years, which is considered average growth.