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.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
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
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Economics
  • Mathematics
Experience Retail experience required
Personality Traits
  • Enterprising
  • Organized
  • Problem-Solving
  • Business Management
  • Interpersonal
  • Leadership
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
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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