A sales representative is responsible for the sale of goods and services to consumers, and meeting the needs of their clients. Job responsibilities of a sales representative include maintaining and growing sales accounts, the creation and adjustment of sales presentations, the outlining of growth and sales objectives, the introduction of new products to clients, monitoring competition in current marketplaces, recommending changes in products based on competitors and market, and building/maintaining a strong and trusting relationship with clients.
Typically, a bachelor's degree is required in order to become a sales representative. A background in the industry is also helpful in securing a position. Helpful job skills include strong communication skills (both verbal and written), ability to close sales, good customer service skills, knowledge of product and industry, ability to negotiate, self-confidence, presentation skills, self-motivation, and ability to work both independently and in a team. The future job market outlook for a sales representative is fair.