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Posted April 21, 2017

Top Myths About Working in Retail

By Hannah Dunbar

Myth: Most retail workers are teens who don't need to rely on the income from their retail job.

Reality: The average retail worker is in their thirties and over half of full-time retail workers contribute a significant portion of their earnings to their household's total income.


Myth: Retail workers are unskilled.

Reality: Nearly one-third of retail workers have some college education, and around 15% have a bachelor's degree or higher education. Many retail workers go on to make a career in the field and most employers desire employees with both hard and soft skills, including knowledge about technology and products.


Myth: Retail is only for entry level workers.

Reality: More than 15 million people are employed in the retail sector, and that number only continues to grow. Since retail is such a large part of the economy and makes up more than 1 out of every 10 jobs in the United States, it is unlikely that retail workers will leave the sector for other work. Many entry level workers can continue onto higher management and executive positions within the retail industry.


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