How to become a Retail Sales Associate

Typically, there are no formal education requirements for retail sales associates. Some employers prefer applicants who have a high school diploma or equivalent, especially employers who sell technical products or "big-ticket" items, such as electronics or cars.

Most retail sales associates receive on-the-job training, which usually lasts a few days to a few months. In small stores, an experienced employee often trains newly hired workers. In large stores, training programs are more formal and usually conducted over several days.

Retail sales associates typically have opportunities to advance to supervisory or managerial positions. Some employers want candidates for managerial positions to have a college degree.

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What skills help Retail Sales Associates find jobs?

  • Retail Sales
  • Cashiering
  • Customer Service
  • Math
  • Basic Math
  • Sales Experience
  • Communication Skills
  • Product Demos
  • Merchandising
  • Cash Handling
  • Computer Skills
  • Stocking
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Career progression for Retail Sales Associate

Education levels for Retail Sales Associates

Based on the requirements of Retail Sales Associate job openings on Indeed in the United States within the last three years.

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Expected salary by experience

Based on resume data from Indeed users who reported working as a Retail Sales Associate in the United States within the last three years.

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Common qualifications for Retail Sales Associates

  • Driver's License
  • ASE Certification
  • Food Handler Certification
  • Bartender License
  • TABC Certified
  • Certified Notary Public
  • CCNA
  • Firearms License
  • CPR Certification
  • Cosmetology License
  • Property & Casualty License
  • Childcare Certification
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