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First-Line Supervisors of Non-Retail Sales Workers

Also called: Branch Manager, District Sales Manager, Inside Sales Manager, Sales Manager

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What they do:
Directly supervise and coordinate activities of sales workers other than retail sales workers. May perform duties such as budgeting, accounting, and personnel work, in addition to supervisory duties.
On the job, you would:
  • Confer with company officials to develop methods and procedures to increase sales, expand markets, and promote business.
  • Listen to and resolve customer complaints regarding services, products, or personnel.
  • Provide staff with assistance in performing difficult or complicated duties.


Arts and Humanities
  • English language
  • sales and marketing
  • management
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics


Basic Skills
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
  • understanding people's reactions
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions


  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • notice when problems happen
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide


People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Leadership
  • Initiative
  • Integrity
  • Persistence
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Dependability


You might use software like this on the job:

Customer relationship management CRM software
  • Customer information databases
  • Salesforce software
Accounting software
  • Budgeting software
  • Financial accounting software
Video conferencing software
  • FuzeBox
  • Online meeting software


Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
associate's degree
usually needed

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