General Merchandise Salesperson

Sell a variety of commodities in sales establishments.
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Salary Range
$16,000 – $39,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do General Merchandise Salespeople do?

Sells variety of commodities in sales establishment, performing duties as described under SALESPERSON Master Title. May demonstrate use of merchandise. May examine defective article returned by customer to determine if refund or replacement should be made. May estimate quantity of merchandise required to fill customer’s need.

Should I be a General Merchandise Salesperson?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • Also known as: Salesperson, General Merchandise

    How to Become a
    General Merchandise Salesperson

    Most General Merchandise Salespeople have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Bachelor's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9cagaa&chl=no+college+%2887%25%29|certificate+%283%25%29||bachelor%27s+%289%25%29||doctorate+%281%25%29&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,87,87
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