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Sales Representative

Find out how to become a sales representative in the sales and customer contact sector. Discover information on salary, growth, stability and occupational expectations.

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The current average salary of an Sales Representative is $53,800 - 75,000 annually

Overview

Sales representatives work for businesses who want to sell a particular product or service. Employment for this role is expected to stay fairly stable to 2022, from 86,800 workers in 2017 to 84,600 by 2022. 69,000 job openings are expected over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.

Read more about the sales and customer contact industry.

Key skills

Sales representatives find success through having personable, assertive, and detail-oriented personalities in order to sell their goods or services.

  • Excellent communication skills for meeting with and promoting services to potential customers
  • Goal-oriented mindset for meeting weekly and monthly sales quotas
  • Strong organisation skills for handling multiple customers and following up on customer satisfaction
  • Excellent customer service skills for providing clients with the help and assistance they need
  • A thorough knowledge of their product or service
  • Having a personable approach to gain genuine trust from their customers

Quick facts

Sales consultants can be found in many industries and are perfect for “people-persons” with strong persuasion skills, a high sense of empathy and a love for being hands-on.

Outlook
  • Average Hours Worked
    39.9 full-time hours per week vs. all jobs average of 40 hours
    *Source
  • Main Industries
    Wholesale trade; manufacturing; and retail trade
  • Average qualification level
    23% Certificate III/IV

* All information on this page has been complied using figures from payscale.com.au and the Australian Government's joboutlook.gov.au - all figures are indications only, and are accurate at time of publication. Please do your own research before selecting a course or career.

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