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Sales Occupations

A sales occupation can be a good career choice for people with varying interests, since just about every product needs someone to take it from producer to buyer. For example, if you love science, you might enjoy working as a sales representative for scientific or technical products. If you enjoy construction, you might excel as a building materials representative. Not all sales occupations are high paying, but the table below reflects a number of sales occupations in which workers earn higher than the national median ($16.27/hour).

In high school, you can learn more about sales by participating in a Marketing Pathway. Beyond high school, one of the best ways to get started in a sales occupation – especially those that don’t require a Bachelor’s degree – is to work for a company that provides training for new representatives or agents.  Beware of job offers that sound too good to be true, or one that has a complicated pay scale based solely on sales. You should check out prospective employers visiting their websites, or the website of the local Better Business Bureau. Read more about sales occupations in the Occupational Outlook Quarterly.

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