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BOOKSELLER, IN-DEPTH: You see a lot of cool things

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Keith is a bookseller at Black Oak Books in Berkeley. He does a range of jobs from organizing the store, talking to customers about books, and deciding which books to buy for the store.

School: San Francisco State University - UCSF
Degree: History
Job Title: Bookseller
Employer: Black Oaks Books

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
National Statistic Change Location
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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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m='61260'>stuff</span> <span m='61520'>like</span> <span m='61700'>that.</span> <span m='63180'>And</span> <span m='63910'>what</span> <span m='64220'>your</span> <span m='64370'>experience</span> <span m='64930'>with</span> <span m='65319'>books is</span> <span m='65810'>and</span> <span m='65930'>stuff</span> <span m='66220'>like</span> <span m='66440'>that.</span> <span m='68270'>I don't know.</span> <span m='68400'>Jobs</span> <span m='68750'>are</span> <span m='68830'>tricky</span> <span m='69100'>because,</span> <span m='69850'>in</span> <span m='70020'>order</span> <span m='70200'>to</span> <span m='70730'>get</span> <span m='70920'>a</span> <span m='70990'>job,</span> <span m='71240'>you</span> <span m='71310'>have</span> <span m='71400'>to</span> <span m='71480'>have</span> <span m='71620'>experience</span> <span m='72210'>with</span> <span m='72410'>the</span> <span m='72510'>job.</span> <span m='72920'>So</span> <span m='73110'>it's</span> <span m='73560'>like</span> <span 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