Retail Managers

Retail managers are responsible for the profitable operation of retail trade establishments. They oversee the selling of food, clothing, furniture, sporting goods, novelties, and many other items. Their duties include hiring, training, and supervising other employees, maintaining the physical facilities, managing inventory, monitoring expenditures and receipts, and maintaining good public relations. Retail managers hold more than 1.2 million jobs in the United States.

Quick Facts
Duties Operate retail trade establishments by performing a wide range of duties, from hiring, training, and supervising staff, to managing inventory and maintaining the physical facilities
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
Related School Subjects
  • Business
  • Economics
  • Mathematics
Experience Retail experience required
  • Business Management
  • Interpersonal
  • Leadership
Personality Traits
  • Enterprising
  • Organized
  • Problem-Solving
Licensure/Certification Recommended
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Retail Business Owner
  • Purchasing Manager, or Buyer, or Purchasing Agent
  • Retail Manager
  • Assistant Retail Manager
  • Retail Sales Worker or Clerk

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