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SALES ASSOCIATE, IN-DEPTH: I'm Using My Anthropology Degree

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Brittany, a Sales Associate at both a toy store and a women's clothing store, describes what she loves most about her job, its challenges, whether it's hard to get a job in her field, and her "aha!" moment in choosing sales. You really get to meet a wide range of people, of all walks of life.

Degree: Anthropology
Job Title: Sales Associate

Job Summary: Retail Salespersons

Job Description

Retail sales workers include both those who sell retail merchandise and products, such as clothing, furniture, and automobiles, (called retail salespersons) and those who sell spare and replacement parts and equipment, especially car parts, (called parts salespersons). Both groups help customers find the products they want and process customers' payments.

On-the-Job Training

Moderate on-the-job training can be expected.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$10,000 - $30,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
14 to 20 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Part-time, Full-time, Flexible, Irregular
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Verbal communication skills, People skills

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