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Retail Salespersons
District Of Columbia

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Sell merchandise, such as furniture, motor vehicles, appliances, or apparel to consumers.

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Currently Employed: 6,710

Projected Annual Job Openings: 290

Typical Hourly Wage: $9.54 - $15.25

Typical Annual Salary: $19,800 - $31,700

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Typical education needed for entry: Less than high school

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: Short-term on-the-job training

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typical job duties

  • 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.
  • Help customers try on or fit merchandise.
  • Maintain knowledge of current sales and promotions, policies regarding payment and exchanges, and security practices.
  • Maintain records related to sales.
  • Sell or arrange for delivery, insurance, financing, or service contracts for merchandise.

tools & technology

  • Adjustable wrenches
  • Cash registers
  • Hammers
  • Magnetic stripe readers and encoders
  • Screwdrivers

  • Accounting software
  • Human resources software
  • Point of sale POS software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Word processing software

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