Marketing, Sales and Service Careers

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Marketing, Sales and Service Careers The broad marketing and sales related career group includes all jobs which have promoting and selling goods and services as their primary objective. Generally speaking, outgoing and friendly individuals who enjoy challenges should consider pursuing a career in the marketing, sales or service areas. Those who have the aptitude and ability to be friendly, persuasive and sympathetic can find exciting and lucrative careers in the selling and promotion a wide variety of products and services, ranging from anything from business services and software to automobiles and medical devices.

Careers in marketing include creative designers, account executives, product marketing, and all related management level marketing careers. Sales positions include business development managers, sales managers, customer service personnel, sales support, and divisional sales operations management.

Appraisers, Real Estate

Appraise real property to determine its value for purchase, sales, investment, mortgage, or loan purposes.
Most have a bachelor's degree

Automotive and Watercraft Service Attendants

Service automobiles, buses, trucks, boats, and other automotive or marine vehicles with fuel, lubricants, and accessories. Collect payment for services and supplies. May lubricate vehicle, change motor oil, install...
Most have a high school diploma or GED

Cashiers

Receive and disburse money in establishments other than financial institutions. May use electronic scanners, cash registers, or related equipment. May process credit or debit card transactions and validate checks.
Most have less than a high school diploma

Counter and Rental Clerks

Receive orders, generally in person, for repairs, rentals, and services. May describe available options, compute costs, and accept payment.
Most have less than a high school diploma

Customer Service Representatives

Interact with customers to provide information in response to inquiries about products and services and to handle and resolve complaints.
Most have a high school diploma or GED

Demonstrators and Product Promoters

Demonstrate merchandise and answer questions for the purpose of creating public interest in buying the product. May sell demonstrated merchandise.
Most have a high school diploma or GED

Door-To-Door Sales Workers, News and Street Vendors, and Related Workers

Sell goods or services door-to-door or on the street.
Most have a high school diploma or GED

Fashion Designers

Design clothing and accessories. Create original designs or adapt fashion trends.
Most have an associate's or 2-year degree

First-Line Supervisors of Non-Retail Sales Workers

Directly supervise and coordinate activities of sales workers other than retail sales workers. May perform duties such as budgeting, accounting, and personnel work, in addition to supervisory duties.
Most have a master's degree

Floral Designers

Design, cut, and arrange live, dried, or artificial flowers and foliage.
Most have less than a high school diploma

Green Marketers

Create and implement methods to market green products and services.

Marking Clerks

Print and attach price tickets to articles of merchandise using one or several methods, such as marking price on tickets by hand or using ticket-printing machine.
Most have a high school diploma or GED

Merchandise Displayers and Window Trimmers

Plan and erect commercial displays, such as those in windows and interiors of retail stores and at trade exhibitions.
Most have a high school diploma or GED

Models

Model garments or other apparel and accessories for prospective buyers at fashion shows, private showings, or retail establishments. May pose for photos to be used in magazines or advertisements. May pose as subject for...
Most have less than a high school diploma

Office Clerks, General

Perform duties too varied and diverse to be classified in any specific office clerical occupation, requiring knowledge of office systems and procedures. Clerical duties may be assigned in accordance with the office...
Most have a high school diploma or GED

Order Clerks

Receive and process incoming orders for materials, merchandise, classified ads, or services such as repairs, installations, or rental of facilities. Generally receives orders via mail, phone, fax, or other electronic...
Most have a high school diploma or GED

Parking Lot Attendants

Park vehicles or issue tickets for customers in a parking lot or garage. May collect fee.
Most have a high school diploma or GED

Procurement Clerks

Compile information and records to draw up purchase orders for procurement of materials and services.
Most have a high school diploma or GED

Real Estate Brokers

Operate real estate office, or work for commercial real estate firm, overseeing real estate transactions. Other duties usually include selling real estate or renting properties and arranging loans.
Most have some college

Real Estate Sales Agents

Rent, buy, or sell property for clients. Perform duties, such as study property listings, interview prospective clients, accompany clients to property site, discuss conditions of sale, and draw up real estate contracts....
Most have a high school diploma or GED

Retail Salespersons

Sell merchandise, such as furniture, motor vehicles, appliances, or apparel to consumers.
Most have a high school diploma or GED

Sales Engineers

Sell business goods or services, the selling of which requires a technical background equivalent to a baccalaureate degree in engineering.
Most have a bachelor's degree

Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products

Sell goods for wholesalers or manufacturers to businesses or groups of individuals. Work requires substantial knowledge of items sold.
Most have some college

Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products

Sell goods for wholesalers or manufacturers where technical or scientific knowledge is required in such areas as biology, engineering, chemistry, and electronics, normally obtained from at least 2 years of...
Most have a bachelor's degree

Solar Sales Representatives and Assessors

Contact new or existing customers to determine their solar equipment needs, suggest systems or equipment, or estimate costs.

Stock Clerks, Sales Floor

Receive, store, and issue sales floor merchandise. Stock shelves, racks, cases, bins, and tables with merchandise and arrange merchandise displays to attract customers. May periodically take physical count of stock or...
Most have a high school diploma or GED

Stock Clerks- Stockroom, Warehouse, or Storage Yard

Receive, store, and issue materials, equipment, and other items from stockroom, warehouse, or storage yard. Keep records and compile stock reports.
Most have a high school diploma or GED

Telemarketers

Solicit donations or orders for goods or services over the telephone.
Most have a high school diploma or GED

Wholesale and Retail Buyers, Except Farm Products

Buy merchandise or commodities, other than farm products, for resale to consumers at the wholesale or retail level, including both durable and nondurable goods. Analyze past buying trends, sales records, price, and...
Most have some college
Sales and marketing careers enjoy a high compensation relative to their required education and background. Sales and marketing professionals are responsible for all of the revenue of a company, so these positions tend to be in high demand and not subject to certain pressures of internationalization. It should be noted that this career group has a very broad group of occupations with varying levels of compensation. The average salaries given mean very little, in particular with sales roles, due to extremely variable compensation due to individual performance.

Academic preparation for these careers would include a solid foundation of business and management classes, as well as the fundamentals of math, English and public speaking. Basic Psychology classes are also helpful, since it can help sales and marketing personnel understand the way clients and customers act and feel. Sales professionals have the opportunity to earn six-figures if they hone their people skills and are well versed in the features and benefits of the product or service they are selling.
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