QUIZ: Where Are The Best Sales Jobs?


If you're serious about your career in sales, you'll want to take this quiz.

It reveals which sales jobs are going to be HOT in the future, and which are going to be dead ends.

While it's based on U.S. government statistics, what's true in the U.S. is probably going to be true elsewhere in the world.

Here's your chance to do some career planning for the new year!

The first question:


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The correct answer is 70 million, according to Gerhard Gschwandtner, publisher of SellingPower magazine. According to Gerhard there are no complete surveys, but the number can be extrapolated by comparing worldwide economic activity to the number of sales professional in countries where the number of sales professionals are tracked.

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The correct answer is 8 million, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The total number of sales workers in 2008 (the most recent year tracked) is 16 million, but half of those are retail sales and cashier positions.

OK. Now that you know the basic size of the job market for sales professionals, let's look at which sales jobs will grow... and which could earn you big money:

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The correct answer is telemarketers, slated to decline by 11 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Travel agents are expected to decline by only 1 percent, probably because their numbers were already decimated by the Internet. Advertising sales agents are expected to increase by 7 percent.

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The correct answer is real estate agents, which will experience a growth of 16 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Sales representatives (wholesale and manufacturing) for technical and scientific products will enjoy a growth in numbers of around 10 percent, while financial sales will increase by only 9 percent.

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The correct answer is sales engineers, who will command a median annual wage of $83,000. Real Estate brokers will command a median wage of $57,000, while financial sales reps and advertising sales reps will get $69,000 and $43,000 respectively.

READERS: Did any of these figures surprise you?