Advertising Sales Agent

Take a day in the life of an Advertising Sales Agent

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.

Work Environment

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.

Pay

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.

Job Outlook

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.

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