Retail salespersons

Retail salespersons

NOC
6421

Work in stores and other retail businesses to sell, rent or lease goods and services directly to consumers.

Quick facts

3 Year Outlook

Fair
Fair

3 Year Job Openings

930
 

Median Hourly Wage

$12.75
$11.70
Low
$20.00
High

Median Salary

$16,945
 

Typically Required

High school or specific training

Employed

12,871
 

% Working Full Time

61%
 

% Working Full Year

62%
 
Job details

Full NOC Description

Retail salespersons sell, rent or lease a range of technical and non-technical goods and services directly to consumers. They are employed by stores and other retail businesses, as well as wholesale businesses that sell on a retail basis to the public.

Main Duties

Retail salespersons perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Greet customers and discuss type, quality and quantity of merchandise or services sought for purchase, rental or lease
  • Advise customers on use and care of merchandise, and provide advice concerning specialized products or services
  • Estimate or quote prices, credit terms, trade-in allowances, warranties and delivery dates
  • Prepare merchandise for purchase, rental or lease
  • Prepare sales, rental or leasing contracts and accept cash, cheque, credit card or automatic debit payment
  • Assist in display of merchandise
  • Maintain sales records for inventory control
  • Operate computerized inventory record keeping and re-ordering systems
  • May conduct sales transactions through Internet-based electronic commerce.

Retail salespersons may specialize and act as consultants in home entertainment systems, computers and other products and services.

Also Known As

  • audio equipment salesperson
  • automobile salesperson
  • car rental agent
  • clothing salesperson
  • computer salesperson - retail
  • counter clerk - retail
  • department store clerk
  • furniture salesperson
  • hardware store clerk
  • jewellery salesperson
  • retail sales associate
  • retail sales clerk
  • retail salesperson
  • sales consultant - retirement homes
Requirements

Employment Requirements

  • Completion of secondary school may be required.
  • A university degree or college diploma may be required by some employers.
  • Specific subject matter courses or training may be required.
  • Demonstrated sales ability and product knowledge are usually required for retail salespersons who sell complex or valuable merchandise, such as automobiles, antiques or computers.

Provincial Regulation

Not Provincially Regulated

Employment by Sex

The following graph shows the percentage of men and women working in this occupation in New Brunswick.

Data legend

53.8%
Female
46.2%
Male
Employment by age

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by age group.

Data legend

30.7%
15-24
14.5%
25-34
13.7%
35-44
17.3%
45-54
18.4%
55-64
5.4%
65+
Employment by highest level of education

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by highest level of education achieved.

Data legend

16.6%
No Certificate, Diploma or Degree
49.9%
High School, Diploma or Equivalent
5.0%
Apprenticeship or Trades Certificate or Diploma
20.4%
College or University Below Bachelor Level
8.1%
University - Bachelor Level or Above
Employment by Industry

The following graph shows the industry groups in which the largest shares of persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick are employed. Small percentages for all top three industry groups may suggest employment for this occupation is widely distributed amongst many industry groups.

Data legend

84.1%
Retail trade
4.2%
Wholesale trade
2.3%
Manufacturing
9.4%
All Other Industries
Employment by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons employed in this occupation in New Brunswick by which economic region they reside in.

Data legend

18.70%
Northeast
32.00%
Southeast
20.50%
Southwest
19.90%
Central
8.80%
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Annual Median Salary by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

Data legend

$19,785
Northeast
$20,336
Southeast
$20,438
Southwest
$17,701
Central
$21,592
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Hourly Median Wages by Economic Regions

The following represents the median hourly wage of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

Northeast

$14.00
$11.70
Low
$19.20
High

Southeast

$12.00
$11.70
Low
$21.00
High

Southwest

$12.75
$11.70
Low
$19.40
High

Central

$12.50
$11.70
Low
$19.00
High

Northwest

$13.50
$11.70
Low
$20.51
High
Salary

This following represents the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation compared to the median salary of workers employed in this occupation that work full-time year-round.

All Workers Employed in this Occupation

$16,945

Workers Employed Full-time, Full-year

$31,062

This following represents the median salary of persons employed in this occupation across each of the Atlantic Provinces and nationally.

New Brunswick

$16,945

Newfoundland

$15,876

Prince Edward Island

$13,765

Nova Scotia

$14,608

Canada

$15,732
Employment Outlook

The following represents the number of job openings that are expected to occur in this occupation over the next three and ten years respectively, broken down by openings expected to result from growth (“new jobs”) and openings expected to result from attrition (death and retirements).

Three Year Outlook

Total Openings: 3 Year

930
 

New Jobs: 3 Year

8
 

Retirements/Deaths: 3 Year

923
 

Ten Year Outlook

Total Openings: 10 Year

3,285
 

New Jobs: 10 Year

350
 

Retirements/Deaths: 10 Year

2,935