On the Job
Retail Salespersons sell a variety of products, like furniture, cars, appliances, or clothes. They help customers find what they're looking for.
This career requires time standing, walking, or running.
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Answer customer questions about goods or services.
- Demonstrate products to consumers.
- Sell products or services.
- Gather customer or product information to determine customer needs.
- Calculate costs of goods or services.
- Estimate costs or terms of sales.
- Review laws or regulations to maintain professional knowledge.
- Set up merchandise displays.
- Monitor work areas to provide security.
- Reconcile records of sales or other financial transactions.
Typical Working Conditions
- Frequent contact with others.
- Dealing with external customers.
- Working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions.
- Frequent decision-making.
- The importance of being accurate or exact.
- Dealing with unpleasant or angry people.
- High levels of competition.
This page includes information from the O*NET 24.2 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA.
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