Employees in professional sales are involved in the transfer of goods and services in the economy, both to businesses and to individual consumers.
Sales positions in all sectors account for more than eight million jobs. Sales positions are expected to grow over the coming decade. Employment of sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, is expected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations through the year 2012 due to continued growth in the variety and number of goods to be sold. Also, many job openings will result form the need to replace workers who transfer to other occupations or leave the labor force. Opportunities and earnings may fluctuate from year to year because sales are affected by changing economic conditions, legislative issues, and consumer preferences. Earnings vary widely by industry, by occupation, by type and level of responsibilities, and by experience.
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