Sales is an interesting field with an even more interesting reputation throughout the world. Many people you’ve probably dealt with when it comes to sales leave you with a terrible impression, think Used Car Salesmen types (see below), but there are also some great careers in sales out there currently. Let’s dive into what I believe are the best sales jobs and how you can get into them.
The Best Sales Jobs
As stated above, there can be some pretty crappy sales jobs out there, but also some pretty fantastic ones. What makes a great sales jobs in comparison to one that is terrible. Well for one, we can look at where the industry is headed, the base salary received by professionals working in this field, future company outlook, etc.
Let’s take for example that used car salesman might not even be around in 10-15 years, because new companies and technology are now eliminating the need for them. You can now sell your used car directly online through a number of sources, and you can now buy a used car, without having to worry about aggressive sales pitches from a dude with too much cologne on.
The two guys over at CareerDreaming ranked the 5 best sales jobs5 best sales jobs, and I think the results are pretty telling.
According to the author, here are the top 5 places to focus a career on :
Medical Device Sales
Financial Services Sales
Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) Sales
He named these as the best sales gigs because they all have super high compensation potential, think well into the hundreds of thousands of dollars, great work-life balance, strong benefits packages and a steady long-term outlook for professionals.
If you’re considering an opportunity in the the sales profession, I would highly recommend you take some time and evaluate exactly what type of professional space that you want to focus on and then try like heck to break into the industry. There are awesome industries to focus on because they present the ability to really support a lifestyle/family/etc that can enable happiness in the long-term.
Want to be in door-to-door sales or some shady car salesman? Fine by me. But I think you’re better off with one of the following 5 sales paths that you should take to be more succesful in your career.
If you have any questions, please let me know if the comments section and I’d love to help you out! Let’s make some moves in your quest to conquer the job search!