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Despite the COVID-19 quarantines, most retail jobs remain steady. Grocery, distribution and call centers have become essential businesses, and their employees are now essential workers. There are many opportunities in retail to consider.
Retail Sales Associates typically work on the sales floor promoting, selling and stocking merchandise such as groceries, pharmacy, appliances, or medical equipment. They need to have an intimate understanding of the items they’re selling.
A typical day for a retail sales associate:
Organizing and stocking merchandise
Sharing information about sales, payment options, and exchange policies
Completing the sale.
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A typical day for a retail sales manager:
Conducting interviews to hire new employees, or training recent hires
Preparing schedules for employees to ensure the store is always well-staffed
Resolving issues between employees or handling customer problems
Inspecting and maintaining a clean, organized, and attractive sales floor.
Non-store retail jobs:
45% of retail jobs are outside of the store. These behind the scenes jobs get the mechandice to the stores, jobs such as product development and production, distribution, corporate, call centers and marketing.
Part time and first-time retail jobs:
A flexible schedule is the number one reason workers take retail jobs. According to NRF, 20% of retail workers are part time, and do not work a traditional 9-5 job. Part time workers are typically younger (students) and older-age (semi-retired) employees.
Extra income is the second reason workers seek part time jobs—often to pay off debt or contribute to college expenses.
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Average salary for retail jobs:
Retail Sales Associates typically start with an hourly wage, which could be from $7.25 per hour (the federal minimum wage) to $15 per hour (in Washington DC). Retail sales associates are often supplemented by commissions for their successful sales. Thus, the skills of the individual sales associate can have a significant impact on his or her earnings, and wages may vary from one pay period to the next.
A Retail Sales Manager can earn a salary of $40,000 to $175,000 annually, this depends on the type of store, area of the country, and experience.
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