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.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
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
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions, with most demand in major cities
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Economics
  • Family and Consumer Science
Experience Sales experience recommended
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Organized
  • Social
Skills
  • Business Management
  • Interpersonal
  • Organizational
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Owner of Personal Shopping Business
  • Senior Personal Shopper
  • Personal Shopper
  • Assistant Personal Shopper

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