Retail sales associate

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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.

What skills help Retail Sales Associates find jobs?

  • Retail Sales
  • Customer Service
  • Sales Experience
  • Food Service
  • Communication Skills
  • Restaurant Experience
  • Computer Skills
  • Basic Math
  • Heavy Lifting
  • Product Demos
  • Mobile Devices
  • Benefits Administration

Career progression for Retail Sales Associate

Education levels for Retail Sales Associates

0%0%4%4%92%Doctoral DegreeMaster's DegreeBachelor's DegreeAssociate's DegreeHigh School Diploma or GED

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

Expected salary by experience

0-44-88-1212-1616-2020-24Years of experience21k23k25k27k29kAnnual salary in USD

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

Common qualifications for Retail Sales Associates

  • Driver's License
  • Bartender License
  • Forklift Certification
  • Certified Notary Public
  • Childcare Certification
  • Certified Compensation Professional
  • ASE Certification
  • Food Handler Certification
  • AED Certification
  • ServSafe
  • CPR Certification
  • First Aid Certification