Sample 1 - State of California

Occupation Profile


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Retail Salespersons
(SOC Code : 41-2031)
in California

Sell merchandise, such as furniture, motor vehicles, appliances, or apparel in a retail establishment. Exclude "Cashiers" (41-2011).

Employers usually expect an employee in this occupation to be able to do the job after Short-term on-the-job training .

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Occupational Wages[Top]
AreaYearPeriodHourly MeanHourly by Percentile
25thMedian75th
California 20141st Qtr$12.96$9.19$10.77$14.14

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Occupational Projections of Employment (also called "Outlook" or "Demand")[Top]
 AreaEstimated Year-Projected YearEmploymentEmployment ChangeAnnual Avg Openings
EstimatedProjectedNumberPercent
California 2010 - 2020436,900540,500103,60023.723,200

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Possible Licenses Required and Issuing Authority[Top]
License Title
License Authority
Vehicle Salesperson LicenseDepartment of Motor Vehicles
Occupational Licensing
The Individuals
www.dmv.ca.gov
Manuf. Home, Mobilehome, Commercial Modular Salesperson LicenseCalifornia Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD)
Division of Codes and Standards
Occupational Licensing Program
http://www.hcd.ca.gov/codes/ol
Manufactured Home, Mobilehome 90 Day Salesperson CertificateCalifornia Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD)
Division of Codes and Standards
Occupational Licensing Program
http://www.hcd.ca.gov/codes/ol
Yacht and Ship Broker`s LicenseDepartment of Parks and Recreation
Division of Boating and Waterways
Yacht and Ship Broker Licensing Unit
www.dbw.ca.gov
Yacht and Ship Salesperson`s LicenseDepartment of Parks and Recreation
Division of Boating and Waterways
Yacht and Ship Broker Licensing Unit
www.dbw.ca.gov
Furniture RetailerDepartment of Consumer Affairs
Bureau of Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation
www.bearhfti.ca.gov
Bedding RetailerDepartment of Consumer Affairs
Bureau of Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation
www.bearhfti.ca.gov
Furniture and Bedding RetailerDepartment of Consumer Affairs
Bureau of Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation
www.bearhfti.ca.gov

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Industries Employing This Occupation (click on Industry Title to View Employers List)[Top]
Industry Title
Number of Employers in State of California
Percent of Total
Employment for Occupation in State of California
Clothing Stores 24,64820.6%
Department Stores 3,72414.2%
Building Material and Supplies Dealers 18,2038.5%
Sporting Goods/Musical Instrument Stores13,0607.1%
Electronics and Appliance Stores 22,1186.5%
Automobile Dealers 8,6094.9%
Health and Personal Care Stores 18,0624.2%
Office Supply, Stationery & Gift Stores 9,9173.1%
Home Furnishings Stores 7,0743.0%
Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers 17,1902.4%
Jewelry, Luggage & Leather Goods Stores 7,9022.1%
Furniture Stores 5,8591.8%
Used Merchandise Stores 6,3091.1%

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About This Occupation (from O*NET - The Occupation Information Network)[Top]
Top Tasks (Specific duties and responsibilities of this job.)
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.
Answer questions regarding the store and its merchandise.
Compute sales prices, total purchases and receive and process cash or credit payment.
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.

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Top Skills used in this Job
Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Persuasion - Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
Negotiation - Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others` reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others` actions.
Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Top Abilities (Attributes of the person that influence performance in this job.)
Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

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Top Work Values (Aspects of this job that create satisfaction.)
Relationships - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment.
Support - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.

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Top Interests (The types of activities someone in this job would like.)
Enterprising - Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

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Alternate Titles
Clerks; Customer Assistants; Design Consultants; Sales Associates; Sales Clerks; Sales Consultants; Sales Representatives; and Salespersons
 
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