A retail salesperson is responsible for a store’s sales activities and efforts. Their duties are wide-ranging and include greeting customers and sorting inventory to providing product information to shoppers. They also handle customer refunds, check out patrons and deal with theft.
Nights, weekends, holidays occasionally
As a retail salesperson, you can expect to work about 35 hours per week, but this might fluctuate depending on the season. For example, some overtime work might be required during busy holiday shopping seasons.
You will also generally work in shifts, meaning you could work during nights, weekends and the occasional holiday.
The work can be stressful, particularly when dealing with irate customers or during busy periods.
Annual salary estimates are based on percentile wage data collected through the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey of US workers.
DVM / VMD degree
Employers typically prefer candidates with at least a high school diploma or GED equivalent. That said, if you wish to rise the ranks and potentially land a position at head office, then it would be prudent for your career advancement to enroll in courses in accounting, business, marketing and other related fields.
With experience, you could move into inventory management, retail buying, bookkeeping and, if there are multiple locations, franchise supervision. That said, it is a highly competitive field and the makeup of the workforce is diverse, from high school students to college graduates, and advancement is, therefore, limited.