CAREER

Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products

Overview

Salary Median (2020)

$86,650

Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+4.1% (slower than the average)

Most Common Level of Education

Bachelor's degree

Career

What Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products Do

Sell goods for wholesalers or manufacturers where technical or scientific knowledge is required in such areas as biology, engineering, chemistry, and electronics, normally obtained from at least 2 years of postsecondary education.

Other Job Titles Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products May Have

Inside Sales Representative, Marketing Representative, Sales Representative

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Contracts Administrator ,

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Every day is different, but it's a balance between document preparation, research on various space technologies, and mitigating client expectations. It's a lot of balancing several projects in various states of completion at one time, so essentially we're talking about project management. Something that I take upon myself to do (because I'm Type-A sometimes) is constantly think about how I can make my job easier and also save taxpayers money at the same time.

Account Executive ,

Hobsons

I spend about half of my time in the office and half on the road. While in the office I am answering email, talking to clients, strategizing internally and with clients, and writing proposals and presentations. While on the road I have 2-3 meetings a day. I spend time with clients at colleges and universities helping them find the best ways to recruit prospective students. Then, I drive to another meeting...sometimes a few hours away.


Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Negotiate prices or terms of sales or service agreements.
  • Prepare and submit sales contracts for orders.
  • Visit establishments to evaluate needs or to promote product or service sales.
  • Maintain customer records, using automated systems.
  • Answer customers' questions about products, prices, availability, or credit terms.

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