Top 5 Sales Jobs

Having a job in sales means having a job that can offer endless growth, both in position and wage opportunities. After all, it is definitely a career choice that will always have different options avialable for those who are interested. Contrary to popular belief, sales jobs don't just involve retail workers and car salesmen. In fact, there are job opportunities available within sales from a person who has only graduated from high school to someone who has gradated with a doctorate degree or has entered the medical profession. Like many other major careers, there are lists of the best paying, fastest growing, and most stable jobs on the market in reference to the chosen career. In this case, this would be sales.

1. Retail salesperson
Likely the first thing that one thinks of when they think of sales positions, getting a job as a retail salesperson offers a fairly steady job as the openings tend to be in any type of retail that can be thought of. There are generally employment opportunities for full-time, part-time, and seasonal work. A high school diploma is not required, though it is preferred and the wage that most start off with is generally $8.98/hr, depending on the store, the state, and many other differences.

2. Business Development Executive
Essentially a person who is in charge with outlining the desired path for companies to adhere to and what they need to do to reach their goals, a business development executive is generally less of a hands-on sales person and more of the one who is overseeing all sales and implementing the data gathered into creating new avenues for the company to go down to better meet the customer. Generally, a bachelor's degree is necessary to obtain this position, though sometimes it can be gained by having more or less. In addition to this, in-depth knowledge of the company as well as the industry in which they are working is needed. They tend to make over $150,000 a year.

3. Sales engineer
Someone who is a sales engineer will be working with design and marketing teams to create products to best promote the company and reach the consumers. Their income is based mostly on commission and this depends on which field of sales the sales engineer is in. A bachelor's degree in the relevant field is required and the salary is usually $50,000-$75,000 a year.

4. Securities and Commodities broker

Needing a broker's license and a college education and making a little under $70,000 a year, these brokers buy, trade, and sell bonds and stocks while providing financial advice to their clients. While some jobs are salaried, most are not are rely on a commission or a mix of the two.

5. Field Sales Agent
While some employers will require a four-year degree, this is not always the case. Being a field sales agent is fantastic for those who don't want to work in an office and who want to meet their clients face-to-face. A field sales agent is very much a people person and makes between $50,000 and $80,000 a year.


Gail Esparan