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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.

High school diploma or equivalent $51,740
Cashiers

Cashiers

Cashiers process payments from customers purchasing goods and services.

No formal educational credential $22,430
Insurance sales agents

Insurance Sales Agents

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

High school diploma or equivalent $50,600
Models

Models

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

No formal educational credential $23,770
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.

High school diploma or equivalent $50,300
Retail sales workers

Retail Sales Workers

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

No formal educational credential $24,340
Sales engineers

Sales Engineers

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

Bachelor's degree $101,420
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.

Bachelor's degree $64,120
Travel agents

Travel Agents

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

High school diploma or equivalent $38,700
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.

See How to Become One $61,660

Last Modified Date: Wednesday, September 4, 2019