Retail Management Career Guide

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Real-Life Retail Management Job Profiles

Below is a list of links to anonymous job profiles of REAL PEOPLE who have filled out our survey and offered to share their insights with our users about their job in the Retail Management field.
IDJob TitleGenderAgeEarningsCity & StateDate
33996Retail AssociateFemale41 $9,000woodstock, AL01/01/2010
33983OwnerFemale23 $12,000Lapeer, NY01/01/2010
33973Deli Service LeaderFemale25 $29,000Bangor, NY01/01/2010
33937ManagerFemale34 $25,000cambridge, MD01/01/2010
33889Store AssociateFemale18 None Setrock hill, NY01/01/2010


The retail industry is full of rewarding career opportunities where you have the opportunity to work directly with other people. Retail managers are in charge of entire departments or stores, and they work hard to ensure everything runs smoothly.

The main goal of retail managers is to increase profits and minimize costs, while ensuring the needs of customers are met. They achieve through proper training, organizing promotions, maintaining awareness of market-specific trends, and providing excellent customer service. In order to motivate employees to reach sales goals, retail mangers need to be enthusiastic and confident.

In addition to focusing on sales, retail managers have many other responsibilities; therefore, excellent time-management skills are essential. They are in charge of managing staff, settling conflicts between employees, and ongoing training as needed. Inventory management and resolving customer complaints are other tasks designated to retail managers.

For an entry-level management position, a degree in business is preferred. You can also work your way up to becoming a manager by starting as an hourly employing and gaining experience within the company. Within a couple years, you can become an assistant retail manager, department manager, or store manager. There are also jobs available on the state, regional, and national levels.

If you have excellent people skills and want to challenge yourself with a rewarding career, retail management may be right for you. Read interviews with actual retail managers below in our real-world career profiles to learn more about career paths, salaries, and advice to those interested in this career.

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