Retail salespersons (NOC 6421)

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Estimated hourly wage
in Québec (2016-2018)
Minimum Not published
Median 12.50$
Maximum 21.00$
Job prospect
(2017-2021)
Employment in 2016
143,000
Skill level
Intermediate (generally a secondary school diploma)

Occupation targeted by the Workplace Apprenticeship Program

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Nature of work

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
  • - Continued…
  • - 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.

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.

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