Sales Managers

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Sales managers direct a company's sales program by managing staff, working with dealers and distributors, setting prices for products and services, analyzing sales data, establishing sales goals, and implementing plans that improve sales performance. They may oversee an entire company, a geographical territory of a company's operations, or a specific department within a company. There areĀ 376,300 sales managers employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) District Sales Managers, Regional Sales Managers
Duties Direct a company's sales program by managing staff, establishing sales goals, and performing other duties
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Mathematics
  • Speech
Experience One to five years experience required
Personality Traits
  • Enterprising
  • Organized
  • Outgoing
  • Business Management
  • Leadership
  • Sales
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Vice-President of Sales or College Professor
  • Sales Manager
  • Assistant Sales Manager
  • Sales Representative