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Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 41-2031 Retail Salespersons
Sell merchandise, such as furniture, motor vehicles, appliances, or apparel in a retail establishment. Exclude "Cashiers" (41-2011).
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Education: These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
OJT: Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Tasks: Greet customers and ascertain what each customer wants or needs. Describe merchandise and explain use, operation, and care of merchandise to customers. Recommend, select, and help locate or obtain merchandise based on customer needs and desires. Compute sales prices, total purchases, and receive and process cash or credit payment. Answer questions regarding the store and its merchandise. Prepare sales slips or sales contracts. Maintain knowledge of current sales and promotions, policies regarding payment and exchanges, and security practices. Maintain records related to sales. Demonstrate use or operation of merchandise. Place special orders or call other stores to find desired items. Prepare merchandise for purchase or rental. Watch for and recognize security risks and thefts and know how to prevent or handle these situations. Inventory stock and requisition new stock. Ticket, arrange, and display merchandise to promote sales. Exchange merchandise for customers and accept returns. Clean shelves, counters, and tables.
License: This applicant for certification as a manufactured salesperson shall satisfactory complete the 8-hour salesperson course conducted by the Alabama Manufactured Housing Commission (AMHC) and pass a written or oral test prior to being issued a certification/license to sell manufactured homes or manufactured buildings. Applications for certification/licensure as a manufactured salesperson must be submitted to the AMHC Commission. Salesperson License Fee: $200.00 Certificate of Training Fee: $200.00 Training Program Fee: $200.00
Outlook: Satisfactory
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $8.64   Entry $17,955.00
Mean $13.55   Mean $28,199.00
Experience $16.01 Experience $33,316.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

Alabama Projections
Estimated Employment 2016Projected Employment 2026Annual Average OpeningsAnnual Growth Rate
59,68060,3308,625.1
Related Occupations: Postsecondary Institutions With Programs:
Bartenders
Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria
Customer Service Representatives
Demonstrators and Product Promoters
Gaming Cage Workers
Human Resources Assistants, Except Payroll and Timekeeping
Medical Records and Health Information Technicians
Office Clerks, General
Receptionists and Information Clerks
Wholesale and Retail Buyers, Except Farm Products
No postsecondary schools reported programs.
Occupational Videos
41-2031.00 Retail Salespersons