If you're looking for a job in retail, your timing could not be better. Retail sales are smashing records. The competition will be stiff, though, in the hottest retail sectors, clothing, and sporting goods.
One consumer sector, the greening of the consumer, is growing at a much faster rate. Fifty percent of the growth in retail product sales is coming from sustainable products. Not only will you find more retail sales jobs selling green products. But acting as a stepping stone, selling eco-friendly goods can expand your future job opportunities.
Following is a list of green retail sales jobs you may never have considered, but should if you want to develop key job skills and knowledge for the future workplace.
Smart Home Products
If you like to tinker and may even be studying engineering, helping customers choose and configure smart home devices and sensors is a highly creative position. By 2022, the average home will have more than 500 smart devices. Developing expertise designing smart home networks will be a desirable skill whether you work in the HVAC, interior design, appliance, or many other industries.
The greening consumer trend is popping up on every street corner. Retail sales jobs are aplenty in supermarkets. But if you walk on by to the new bio, eco, or organic shop in your neighborhood, you will gain expertise selling the products of the supermarket of the future. This experience could lead to positions as a buyer or merchandiser for green retail outlets, or marketer for green product producers.
All Natural Health Products
Natural health product stores, department stores, and e-commerce shops are hiring for retail jobs selling all-natural medicinal and skincare solutions. Over one-third of Americans use complementary and alternative medicines and most medical schools offer courses. Your knowledge of alternative health solutions is in demand by both naturopathic practitioners and traditional medical services seeking to fill medical personnel and health assistant jobs.
Bioplastics are the future. In the reduce, reuse, and recycle economy, understanding the eco-friendly materials in the chair or packaging you are selling in your retail sales job will be valuable knowledge in product design, engineering, and marketing jobs. Whether producing clothes, cars, or the containers to ship products, today's material engineers are dedicated to developing zero waste, biodegradable products. As the U.S. introduces tougher plastics recycling regulations, your knowledge of designing products for the circular economy will become more valuable to businesses.
Green products are not a trend but the underpinning of the sustainable economy. Experience in green product retail sales and marketing can open up job opportunities in virtually every field.
Looking for retail sales jobs? Talk to a local retail store today.