|Quick Facts: Advertising Sales Agents|
|2012 Median Pay||$46,290 per year
$22.26 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||High school diploma or equivalent|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|On-the-job Training||Moderate-term on-the-job training|
|Number of Jobs, 2012||154,600|
|Job Outlook, 2012-22||-1% (Little or no change)|
|Employment Change, 2012-22||-1,000|
What Advertising Sales Agents Do
Advertising sales agents sell advertising space to businesses and individuals. They contact potential clients, make sales presentations, and maintain client accounts.
Advertising sales agents work under pressure to meet sales quotas. They work in a range of industries, including advertising agencies, radio, television, and Internet publishing.
How to Become an Advertising Sales Agent
Although a high school diploma is typically enough for an entry-level advertising sales position, some employers prefer applicants who have a bachelor’s degree. Sales experience and communication skills are essential.
The median annual wage for advertising sales agents was $46,290 in May 2012. Commissions can make up a large percentage of a sales agent’s earnings.
Employment of advertising sales agents is projected to show little or no change from 2012 to 2022. Declines in advertising activity in print newspapers will be offset by increases in Internet and television advertising sales.