Sales occupations continue to be among the most in-demand jobs in the US. As sales professionals often drive revenue for businesses, it's easy to see why there's increasing hiring demand. More than 710,000 ads were listed online for sales positions in August. Not only is this a 4 year high, it's also a 119% increase from the lowest point in hiring demand, which occurred in December 2008. With consumer confidence recovering, will this trend continue?
Hiring Demand Growth Chart for Sales and Related Occupations
Most Commonly Advertised Job Titles for Sales Occupations:
- Sales Representative
- Sales Associate
- Store Manager
- Assistant Store Manager
- Retail Sales Consultant
- Account Executive
- Assistant Manager
- Outside Sales Representative
Sales experience is by far the most required knowledge, with almost twice the demand of the other required skills listed below. The requirement for experience with cash registers matches the hiring trends we're seeing in retail sales positions. The varieties of in-demand sales titles like Store Manager, Cashier, and Retail Sales Consultant also suggest that retail leads industry demand of sales jobs.
Most Commonly Advertised Skills for Sales Occupations
- Sales Experience
- Cash Registers
- Business Development
- Work Ethic
- Microsoft Office
The retail industry showed the most job ads for sales positions, up 50% in August over the same time last year. In addition to the economic recovery contributing to improved hiring conditions, retailers may be experiencing more demand for sales jobs due to seasonal hiring. Finance and insurance, wholesale trade, information (telecommunications), and real estate industries follow retail with the highest volume of sales job ads.
It is most likely to be somewhat difficult to recruit sales talent throughout the US. The cities with the best conditions for hiring qualified sales candidates are Kanakee (IL), Dalton (GA), Sherman (TX), Cumberland (MD), and Monroe (MI).
Hiring Scale Heat Map of Sales and Related Occupations
The New York metropolitan area had the highest number of job ads listed online. However, Dallas, TX experienced the largest year-over-year increase in online job ads.
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