Door-To-Door Sales Workers, News and Street Vendors, and Related Workers

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About the Job

Sell goods or services door-to-door or on the street.

It is also Called

  • Vendor
  • Truck Caterer
  • Subscription Agent
  • Street Vendor
  • Souvenir Street Vendor
  • Sandwich Peddler
  • Sandwich and Drink Cart Operator
  • Sales Vendor
  • Sales Representative
  • Route Carrier
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What They Do

  • Stock carts or stands.
  • Set up and display sample merchandise at parties or stands.
  • Order or purchase supplies.
  • Distribute product samples or literature that details products or services.
  • Develop prospect lists.
  • Circulate among potential customers or travel by foot, truck, automobile, or bicycle to deliver or sell merchandise or services.
  • Answer questions about product features and benefits.
  • Arrange buying parties and solicit sponsorship of such parties to sell merchandise.
  • Contact customers to persuade them to purchase merchandise or services.
  • Explain products or services and prices and demonstrate use of products.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: C.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Conventional interests.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Relationships, but also value Achievement and Independence in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Sales and Marketing - Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Persuasion - Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Preparation Required

These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in California was $28,360 with most people making between $20,810 and $41,050

Outlook

1.86%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 11,300 people in California. It is projected that there will be 13,400 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 210 openings due to growth and about 100 replacement openings for approximately 310 total annual openings.