“You don’t want to aspire to be stuck here in retail,” I overheard one of my peers say to the other as we commenced in a store set up. “You want an education, you want to get out of here.” I had an education, and honestly I was quite happy with what I was doing, but I know this is not the case for all. There are many sales jobs in the bigger world out there that retail is a great building block to set you up for (and further education is not always a prerequiset), for instance:
Median Compensation: $47,000
Education Required: High School Diploma
Job Description: Reach out to businesses and individuals to sell advertising space online, on the television, on billboards, on the radio and so on.
Median Compensation: $77,000
Education Required: Bachelors Degree
Job Description: Caring for the investments of businesses and individuals. You will watch stocks, bonds, and all other investment opportunities and advise your clients. Although this is a high risk, high stress job it could have a huge pay off.
Median Compensation: $60,550
Education Required: Bachelors Degree (Suggested)
Job Description: A Purchasing agent evaluates product for a company to use or resell. They negotiate the contracts, find the best suppliers comparing their cost to their reputation, and they are responsible for reviewing product quality.
Average Compensation: Median $88,000
- Suggested Bachelors in Life Science or Business
- Suggested CNRP Certification
Job Description: A pharma rep travels to nursing homes, hospitals, and doctors office to present the newest advancements in pharmaceuticals, encouraging medical practitioners to push their product.
Real Estate Agent
Median Compensation: $41,990
- High School Diploma or GED
- State Level Certification
Job Description: Helping clients in the buying and selling of their homes or commercial properties.
Insurance Sales Rep
Median Compensation: $48,150
High School Diploma or GED
Job Description: Reach out and recruit new clients for insurance companies. Be familiar with the policies and help new clients make informed and confident decisions with their coverage. I know there are so many more corporate level or highly esteemed sales driven positions out there, please feel free to share any that you know!
What other avenues do you know of or have you taken from retail in the field of sales?