Other Sales Related Workers

(NOC 6623)

in All Sales and Service

This group includes workers who sell goods or services during home demonstrations or by telephone soliciting, retail exhibitions or street vending. They are employed by a wide range of retail and wholesale establishments, manufacturers, telemarketing companies and call centres, or they may be self-employed

Job Outlook

Average

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  • Estimate decline employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 0 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Moderate rate of unemployment in 2016

Compared to: All Sales and Service

  • Estimate Decline slightly employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 5260 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Moderate rate of unemployment in 2016

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “average”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is comparable to the average for all occupations in Nova Scotia. This is a fairly large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities occur fairly regularly. The number employed in this occupation is expected to decline moderately over the next few years, which will likely limit the number of new opportunities available. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Other Sales Related Workers may either be working full-time or part-time hours.

The median employment income for 35% of Other Sales Related Workers who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $23,691. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

$11.00

Minimum

$12.50

Median

$26.83

Maximum

Annual Pay

$484

Minimum

$11,277

Median

$41,558

Maximum

Compared to: All Sales and Service

Hourly Pay

$10.70

Minimum

$12.50

Median

$21.17

Maximum

Annual Pay

$2,949

Minimum

$16,629

Median

$45,086

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

This group includes workers who sell goods or services during home demonstrations or by telephone soliciting, retail exhibitions or street vending. They are employed by a wide range of retail and wholesale establishments, manufacturers, telemarketing companies and call centres, or they may be self-employed

Job duties

The following is a summary of main duties for some jobs in this group:

  • Direct distributors, contact potential customers by phone or through personal contacts, demonstrate and sell products directly to individual customers or at sales parties and deliver purchased goods to customers.
  • Door-to-door salespersons solicit sales and sell merchandise to residents of private homes.
  • Street vendors set up and display merchandise on sidewalks or at public events to sell to the public.
  • Telephone solicitors and telemarketers contact businesses or private individuals, by telephone, to solicit sales for goods or services or conduct market surveys.
  • Demonstrators arrange sales demonstration appointments, and show, describe and sell goods or services at wholesale, retail and industrial establishments, and at exhibitions, trade shows and private homes.

Sample job titles

  • canvasser - retail
  • demonstrator - retail
  • direct distributor - retail
  • direct seller
  • door-to-door salesperson
  • personal shopper
  • telemarketer
  • telephone salesperson
  • vendor

Skills

To work in these jobs, you should have good health, physical stamina, and manual dexterity. You must also be able to work on your own and carry out instructions given by a supervisor.

Job requirements

  • Some high school education is usually required. High school graduation may be required by some employers.
  • Self-employed street vendors and door-to-door salespersons may require a municipal merchant's permit.

Other considerations

Work in these jobs tends to be seasonal, with employment levels peaking in the summer months. Employees are typically expected to work evenings, weekends, and holidays. Progression to related supervisory positions is possible with additional training or experience.

By the numbers

Quick look

820

employed in 2016

59.1%

employed full-time

21.3%

self employed

68.9%
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31.1%
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37.5

median age

Compared to: All Sales and Service

102,605

employed in 2016

59.4%

employed full-time

6.2%

self employed

60.1%
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39.9%
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37

median age

Where will I likely work?

50.4%

Halifax

23.2%

Cape Breton

11.0%

Annapolis Valley

8.8%

Southern

7.9%

Northern

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

Northern

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

43.6%

Retail Trade

29.1%

Management, Admin & Other Support

7.3%

Other Professional Services

5.5%

Information, Culture & Recreation

1.8%

Transportation and Warehousing

What is the age of Employment?

23.7%

55-64

16.9%

65+

16.9%

25-34

15.3%

35-44

13.6%

15-24

13.6%

45-54

Compared to: All Sales and Service

35.7%

25-34

28.6%

35-44

21.4%

55-64

Top levels of education

44.1%

High school

$15,037 median annual income
19.4%

College certificate or diploma

$18,251 median annual income
16.6%

Bachelor's degree

$16,878 median annual income
8.5%

Less than high school

$8,345 median annual income
6.6%

Trades certificate

$17,555 median annual income

Compared to: All Sales and Service

40.4%

High school

$12,982 median annual income
19.9%

College certificate or diploma

$19,514 median annual income
18.8%

Less than high school

$9,486 median annual income
10.0%

Bachelor's degree

$20,807 median annual income
8.0%

Trades certificate

$18,797 median annual income

Education & training

Adult high school/secondary diploma programs

This program is typically offered at the high school level.

The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL) administers, coordinates, and supports the development and delivery of adult education programs through learning partners in Nova Scotia. Our learning partners include the Nova Scotia Community College, Adult High Schools, Université Sainte-Anne, and community-based learning organizations that offer tuition-free programming across the province. NSSAL offers clear, accessible pathways from adult basic education to a high school credential or GED, empowering Nova Scotians to achieve their learning and employment goals.

Institutions providing this program

Universite Sainte-Anne

Siège Social: 1695, Route 1

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0

(902) 769-2114

Nova Scotia Community College - Adult Learning

PO Box 220

Halifax, NS B3J 2M4

(866) 679-6722

Adult High Schools

Various, NS

Community Learning Organizations

Various, NS

Employment requirements & contacts

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Additional resources

There are no additional resources for this occupation.

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