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SALES - SCIENTIFIC INSTRUMENTS: You Can Easily Broaden Your Science Background

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Kris works in sales for a company that manufactures devices that measure the electrical properties of materials. He received a masters in organic chemistry, but decided that he was more interested in electrochemistry instead. He tells us that in the sciences, it is easy to broaden your background.

Degree: Organic Chemistry
Job Title: Sales - Scientific Instruments

Job Summary: Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products

Job Description

Sales representatives sell goods for wholesalers or manufacturers to businesses, government agencies, and other organizations. They contact customers, explain product features, answer any questions that their customers may have, and negotiate prices.

On-the-Job Training

Many companies have formal training programs for beginning wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives that last up to 1 year.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
$35,000 - $145,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
14 to 18 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Flexible
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor, Office, Travel, Home
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
People skills, Analytical skills, Networking, Teamwork, Verbal communication skills

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