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Cosmetics Sales Representatives
The U.S. Department of Labor predicts job growth for all retail sales reps to be about as fast as the average through 2020. The job picture for cosmetics sales representatives, however, is somewhat mixed. While it is easy to get started in the field, most who choose it work only part time. Avon alone has more than 6.4 million representatives selling products in more than 100 countries. Mary Kay has more than 2.5 million independent beauty consultants in more than 35 countries. This is a good choice for people needing supplemental income or who are in transition, or young mothers who want to stay at home with their children, but most people need an additional job—their own or their spouse's—to provide enough income, health benefits, vacations, or just a day off. Growth in cosmetics companies seems to be international, directed toward opening up new markets in more and more countries; Avon, for example, has stores around the world, from Canada to Thailand, from Greece to Argentina, from Russia to Japan. Avon also sells cosmetics online, as do other companies, and it remains to be seen how this will affect the company's need for individual sales reps.