|Quick Facts: Advertising Sales Agents|
|2010 Median Pay||
$45,350 per year
$21.80 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, 2010||160,400|
|Job Outlook, 2010-20||13% (About as fast as average)|
|Employment Change, 2010-20||20,900|
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.
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 ability are essential.
The median annual wage for advertising sales agents was $45,350 in May 2010. Commissions can make up a large percentage of a sales agent’s earnings.
Employment of advertising sales agents is expected to increase 13 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Declines in advertising activity in print newspapers will be offset by increases in Internet and television advertising sales.
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