What does a Sales Representative do?
Sales representatives are responsible for selling a company's products by identifying leads, educating prospects on products through calls, trainings, and presentations, and providing existing customers with exceptional support. Sales representatives are either inside or outside sales reps. Inside sales reps sell products over the phone and online, while outside sales reps sell products through face-to-face meetings. Sales reps span almost every industry.
Most sales reps have a Bachelor's degree in business or a related field. The best sales representatives understand the importance of strong customer service, have a knack for closing deals, and are self-assured.
Sales Representative Salaries
Average Base Pay
Sales Representative Career Path
Learn how to become a Sales Representative, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.
Sales Representative Insights
“Great as a part time job and just looking for quick cash and want a flexible schedule”
“I started as a Bank sales rep and the training I received was helpful was good”
“I didn't see any people are very nice and its a great place to work”
“Everyone i work with is awesome and very encouraging I'm grateful for this opportunity.”
“Manager too nice and complacent to make any significant change and I'm not being challenged.”
“Everyone was really nice and helpful and there was cross departmental team work to get the job done.”
“People there are extremely nice and genuinely concerned about your home and personal life just as much as your work.”
“Family and personal issues mean nothing to this company it is very black and white.”
Sales Representative Interviews
Sales Representative jobs
Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a sales representative
When working as a sales representative, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Interpersonal and Communication, Excellent Customer Service, Good Time Management, Microsoft Office Suite and Negotiation.
- Sales Manager
- Business Development Manager
- Account Manager
- Account Executive
The most common qualifications to become a sales representative is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.