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Retail Industry Overview


In this land of shoppers, retail is the monarch of industries. The US retail sector comprises about 1 million locations with total annual revenue of approximately $4 trillion, according to Hoovers. Some of the largest companies offering retail jobs are Wal-Mart, Target, Home Depot, Costco and Kroger. While large companies dominate some retail sectors (such as mass merchandisers and grocery stores), other sectors (such as convenience stores and auto dealers) are fragmented. Many specialty retailers operate just a single store.

Retail Job Market


Retail sales workers held nearly 4.5 million jobs in 2010, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Jobs in retail sales are projected to increase by more than 739,000 from 2010 to 2020. Although there were more than 3.3 million retail cashiers in 2010, this occupation is expected to grow at a slower pace than the average over the forecast decade. More than 1.6 million people worked as first-line supervisors of retail sales workers in 2010; this occupation is also expected to grow more slowly over the decade.

With the retail industry continuously morphing to satisfy the demands of fickle customers, retail employment is more diverse than ever. While millions of retail sales workers are employed in bricks-and-mortar stores, retail career opportunities can also be found in catalog sales, Internet commerce and other digital media distribution channels. At the high end, expert IT workers are applying advanced data-mining techniques to strategic retail decisions such as store locations.

Key retail job opportunities include retail cashier, retail sales associate, retail sales representative, retail sales consultant, retail stock coordinator, retail buyer, retail merchandiser, retail sales manager, retail store manager and retail general manager.

Retail Salaries


Retail cashiers earned median wages of $18,820 in May 2011, according to the BLS. Median wages for retail sales workers were $21,010; the top 10 percent earned $38,510. Median salaries for retail sales managers were $34,900 in 2011. Purchasing managers, including retail trade merchandising managers, earned median wages of $97,130.
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Job Responsibilities and Requirements: We're Looking for aggressive Sales Representatives to hunt new business in Specific territories for our 125 year-old company. Company we rely on our Sales Representative to drive our growth in the uniform and linen rental industry. Reporting directly to the Sales Manager, the Sales Representative is responsible for generating new sales in his or her local ter...
Job Responsibilities and Requirements: The Copywriter writes creative concepts and tactics to agency standards (i.e. copy that has stopping power and is simple, memorable, and unique). Copywriter will offer copy support to senior members of the Copy team on his/her Primary assigned account, and backup support for Other accounts when demands of Primary account allow. What we expect from you must be...
Parsippany, NJ Recruiting Firm seeks an Executive Recruiter to support Accounting & Finance Recruiting activities . Career Growth opportunity! Parker + Lynch’s Parsippany, NJ branch is expanding our Executive Recruiter team and we invite you to pursue our exciting Recruiter job opportunities! Our Executive Recruiters are business relationship building professionals, who network with Top Tier Talen...
Parker + Lynch is expanding our Executive Recruiter team in Parsippany, NJ! Our Executive Recruiters align top level Talent with exclusive job opportunities in the Finance & Accounting field. If you have proven accounting or finance experience, or if you have a successful background in sales, this is an ideal opportunity to leverage your expertise and begin an exciting and rewarding career in Exec...
Inventory Accounting Consultant Our luxury fashion client is looking to revamp their inventory controls with the systems currently in place. This is an immediate project since the client is currently experiencing unexplained inventory losses. The consultant will come in to get a handle of their systems, document processes, make suggestions for improvement and then follow through by putting the pro...
Exciting career opportunity with Parker + Lynch! Parker & Lynch is a worldwide leader for the recruitment and placement of accounting and financial professionals. If you would like to join a top producing team, then this is the place for you! The Westwood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica marketplace is HOT and the leadership of the branch is fantastic. If you love interacting with people (over the pho...
Division Manager Positions available in New Jersey! Locations are in Central and Northern New Jersey! Parker+Lynch is a division of Accounting Principals. One of the Countries largest and most reputable Accounting & Finance staffing firms! To learn more about us visit www.parkerlynch.com and check out our new web site starting in March 2014! In order to qualify for consideration for this role, ind...
Do you want to take the next step in your career and play a key role at an established firm? Are you are enthusiastic? Are you highly motivated? Do you possess effective communication skills? WANT TO MAKE A LOT OF MONEY???????? If you love interacting with people (over the phone and in-person), consider yourself to be extremely organized, and would love to have unlimited income potential then this...
OPENINGS IN NEW JERSEY: Paramus, Parsippany, Edison & NYC!!!! Do you love the thrill of hunting for new business? Are you well networked in the finance industry? Do you thrive on compensation that is directly tied to your performance, with virtually no limits? Tired of the public accounting grind? Ever feel the accounting world "just isn't the right fit for me"??? If so, PARKER+LYNCH (formerly Aji...
Parker + Lynch's client in the Miami area is looking to hire a new Vice President/Controller to join their team. This position is an opportunity to work in an exciting industry with a great team. Qualified candidates must have prior experience in either the Healthcare or Hospitality industry. Compensation for this opportunity will be between $100,000 and $125,000. This position will have 2 direct...
Position Description: Description of duties and responsibilities: This position reports to the Regional Field Sales Team Leader and is responsible for the sales activities of MSA’s and GM’s Fixed Gas and Flame Detection (FGFD) products within the geographies of the Western PA, OH, WV and KY Sales Territory. This is a team selling position within a well-established team. Specific responsibilities i...
Responsibilities You’re focused on your future – on finding the right fit for your talent and charisma, and making your presence known. And when you join Verizon Wireless, you’ll find unlimited opportunities to evolve, excel and amplify your success with a company that’s continually redefining the communications industry. If you’re ready to make your mark with a team that thrives on collaboration,...
Responsibilities You’re focused on your future – on finding the right fit for your talent and charisma, and making your presence known. And when you join Verizon Wireless, you’ll find unlimited opportunities to evolve, excel and amplify your success with a company that’s continually redefining the communications industry. If you’re ready to make your mark with a team that thrives on collaboration,...
Responsibilities You’re focused on your future – on finding the right fit for your talent and charisma, and making your presence known. And when you join Verizon Wireless, you’ll find unlimited opportunities to evolve, excel and amplify your success with a company that’s continually redefining the communications industry. If you’re ready to make your mark with a team that thrives on collaboration,...
Responsibilities You’re focused on your future – on finding the right fit for your talent and charisma, and making your presence known. And when you join Verizon Wireless, you’ll find unlimited opportunities to evolve, excel and amplify your success with a company that’s continually redefining the communications industry. If you’re ready to make your mark with a team that thrives on collaboration,...
Responsibilities You’re focused on your future – on finding the right fit for your talent and charisma, and making your presence known. And when you join Verizon Wireless, you’ll find unlimited opportunities to evolve, excel and amplify your success with a company that’s continually redefining the communications industry. If you’re ready to make your mark with a team that thrives on collaboration,...
Responsibilities You’re focused on your future – on finding the right fit for your talent and charisma, and making your presence known. And when you join Verizon Wireless, you’ll find unlimited opportunities to evolve, excel and amplify your success with a company that’s continually redefining the communications industry. If you’re ready to make your mark with a team that thrives on collaboration,...
Responsibilities You’re focused on your future – on finding the right fit for your talent and charisma, and making your presence known. And when you join Verizon Wireless, you’ll find unlimited opportunities to evolve, excel and amplify your success with a company that’s continually redefining the communications industry. If you’re ready to make your mark with a team that thrives on collaboration,...
Responsibilities You’re focused on your future – on finding the right fit for your talent and charisma, and making your presence known. And when you join Verizon Wireless, you’ll find unlimited opportunities to evolve, excel and amplify your success with a company that’s continually redefining the communications industry. If you’re ready to make your mark with a team that thrives on collaboration,...
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Retail Sales

Rate of Growth
12.60 %
Size of Industry in 2006:
8,268,000
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2006

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