Personal Shoppers

People who do not have the time or the ability to go shopping for clothes, gifts, groceries, and other items use the services of personal shoppers. Personal shoppers shop department stores, look at catalogs, and surf the Internet for the best buys and most appropriate items for their clients. Relying on a sense of style and an ability to spot a bargain, a personal shopper helps clients develop a wardrobe and find gifts for friends, relatives, and employees.

Department stores, such as Bloomingdale's, Lord and Taylor, and Nordstrom, employ personal shoppers to "pre-shop" the store and present an array of items to the customer. This service is generally complimentary. Though personal shoppers work all across the country, their services are most in demand in large, metropolitan areas.

Quick Facts
Duties Purchase goods for customers who do not have the time or the ability to shop; conduct research and choose items at department stores, on the Internet, and by using catalogs
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions, with most demand in major cities
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
Related School Subjects
  • Business
  • Economics
  • Family and Consumer Science
Experience Sales experience recommended
  • Business Management
  • Interpersonal
  • Organizational
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Organized
  • Social
Licensure/Certification Recommended
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Owner of Personal Shopping Business
  • Senior Personal Shopper
  • Personal Shopper
  • Assistant Personal Shopper

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