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Other Elemental Sales Occupations

What they do?

The following is a summary of main duties for some occupations in this unit group:

A. Direct distributors, contact potential customers by phone or through personal contacts, demonstrate and sell products directly to individual customers or at sales parties and deliver purchased goods to customers.

B. Door-to-door salespersons solicit sales and sell merchandise to residents of private homes.

C. Street vendors set up and display merchandise on sidewalks or at public events to sell to the public.

D. Telephone solicitors and telemarketers contact businesses or private individuals, by telephone, to solicit sales for goods or services or conduct market surveys

E. Demonstrators arrange sales demonstration appointments, and show, describe and sell goods or services at wholesale, retail and industrial establishments, and at exhibitions, trade shows and private homes.

Where they find work?

1. Retail trade - 38.0%
2. Administrative and support waste management and remediation services - 31.0%
3. Information and cultural industries - 6.0%
4. Wholesale trade - 5.0%
5. Advertising and related services - 5.0%
6. Other services (except public administration) - 3.0%
7. Accommodation and food services - 2.0%

What education do I need?

1. Some secondary school education is usually required. High school graduation may be required by some employers.

2. Self-employed street vendors and door-to-door salespersons may require a municipal merchant's permit.

3. Most recent entrants have an undergraduate university degree, and almost 2 in 5 have a community college diploma.

High School Subject that will help:

1. Math
2. English

What can you expect to make:

The average hourly wages for Other Elemental Sales Occupations is $10.60/HR, which is close to the average for occupations in the sale and service sector and are close to the average for all labouring and elemental occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.

Average Wage

Other Elemental Sales Occupations wages

Expected Wage by Age

Other Elemental Sales Occupations Wage By Age


13% of Other Elemental Sales Occupations are unemployed. This rate is close to the average for labouring and elemental occupations.


Other Elemental Sales Occupations Unemployment

Trends in Unemployment

Other Elemental Sales Occupations Trends in Unemployment

Current Job Outlook:

The job outlook for Other Elemental Sales Occupations is considered Below Average because:

1. Employment grew at an average rate.

2. Hourly wages ($10.60) are below the average ($18.07), and the rate of wage growth is close to the average.

3. The unemployment rate (13%) is above the 2004 average (7%).

Future Job Prospects:

Your job outlook will continue to be Below Average because:

1. The employment growth rate will likely be average because tax cuts and low interest rates should encourage consumer spending.

2. Although the retirement rate will likely be below average, the number of retiring workers should contribute to job openings.

3. The number of job seekers will likely exceed the number of job openings.

Highest Concetration:

The highest concentrations are found in Alberta and Prince Edward Island while the lowest concentrations are in New Brunswick and Newfoundland.

Useful Experience:

1. Dealing with the public

2. Inventory

3. Databases

Part Time Workers

Other Elemental Sales Occupations Part Time Workers

Part time workers:

43% of Other Elemental Sales Occupations are employed only on a part-time basis. There were 53,100 workers employed in these occupations in 2004, an increase of 61% since 1997.

Age Demographics

Other Elemental Sales Occupations Age Demographics

Age Demographics:

The relatively high percentage of younger workers suggests more entry-level positions and jobs that may serve as stepping stones in a career. The retirement rate to 2009 will likely be below average because of a tendency to retire at an older-than-average age (63).

Self Employed

Other Elemental Sales Occupations Self Employed

Self Employed:

Roughly 27% of Other Elemental Sales Occupations are self-employed. This is considered Above average for the industry as a whole.

Men vs Women

Other Elemental Sales Occupations Men vs Women

Men vs Women:

61% of the individuals employed as Other Elemental Sales Occupations are women. Compared to other industries, this is Above average.