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Retail salespersons and sales clerks 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.
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- 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 interior decorating, home entertainment systems, computers and other products and services.
Outlook & Prospects for Retail Salespersons and Sales Clerks in Fredericton--Oromocto
The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.
Local Employment Potential Information
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Currently the chances of qualified Retail Salespersons and Sales Clerks finding employment are considered to be good in the local area.
Employment opportunities for Retail Salespersons and Sales Clerks may vary in different communities across the province. You may want to check for specific opportunities in your community. Also, people who are able to work elsewhere may want to research the opportunities for this occupation in other areas of New Brunswick or in other provinces across the country.
According to the most recent (2006) Census, this is a large occupational group with a labour force of 2,665, and an unemployment rate (6%) that is below the average (8%) for all occupations in the area. Also, the average age of Retail Salespersons and Sales Clerks is 37, which is below the average age (40) of all occupations.
According to the most recent Canadian Occupational Projections System (COPS) Forecast, the average annual employment growth rate for this occupation is below the average for all occupations in New Brunswick. Many of the jobs in this occupation can be found in the Retail Trade industry.
This occupation is classified as "significant" because there is a large percentage of Retail Salespersons and Sales Clerks working within the area and/or it is a strategically important occupation to the local labour market.
There are job vacancies for Retail Salespersons and Sales Clerks in the Fredericton-Oromocto area, however salaries are often lower compared to other occupations and in some cases only part-time hours are available. This occupation competes for labour from other retail establishments. Hiring for this occupation is often by turnover as people move from one retailer to another seeking better wages and benefits.
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Local Labour Market News
Week of Apr 08 – Apr 12, 2013
- Oak Ridge Manufacturing Inc. of Keswick has re-opened after a fire caused the business to close three years ago. The cabinet and counter top company, which employs 22 to 24 employees, reports nearly tripling business since opening. An additional three workers have been hired since they re-opened.
Week of Feb 04 – Feb 08, 2013
Week of Jun 18 – Jun 22, 2012
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