Sales Engineers

Sales Engineer Makes Presentation

Sales engineers sell technological and scientific products and services to businesses. They have a strong understanding of the parts and functions of the products. They also understand the complex scientific processes that make theses products work and are able to explain the processes to prospective buyers. There were approximately 72,200 sales engineers employed in the United States in May 2015, according to the Department of Labor.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Explain and sell complex scientific and technological products and services to customers; make presentations; negotiate pricing; help research and identify new products
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions with high employment in California, Texas, Illinois, Ohio, and Pennsylvania
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
Experience One to three years sales and/or engineering experience
Personality Traits
  • Outgoing
  • Scientific
  • Technical
  • Interpersonal
  • Sales
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Sales Engineer Manager
  • Sales Engineer
  • Engineer

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