How to become a Sales Assistant

Sales assistants sell goods to customers in retail and wholesale establishments.

Personal requirements of a Sales Assistant

  • Enjoy working with people
  • A helpful, courteous manner
  • Neat personal appearance
  • Good communication skills
  • Able to deal accurately with money
  • Motivation and drive
  • No skin disorders if working with food
  • Good problem-solving skills
  • Willing to work as part of a team

Education & Training for a Sales Assistant

You can work as a sales assistant without formal qualifications. You will probably get some informal training on the job. You can also become a sales assistant through a traineeship. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:

moderate growth

Employment by state:

ACT 1.6%

NSW 30.1%

NT 0.8%

QLD 23.4%

SA 6.7%

TAS 2.1%

VIC 25.1%

WA 10.3%

Hours worked:



below average

Gender split:

Male 51.7%

Female 48.2%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 3.2%

Not completed Year 12: 19.8%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 27.6%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 20.2%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 10.4%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 13.6%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 5.1%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 34.1%

Above 35 years: 63.9%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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