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Retail Sales Supervisors

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NOC:6211
Occupation:Retail Sales Supervisors
Category:Sales and Service

About the job

Nature of work:

Retail sales supervisors supervise and coordinate the activities of Retail Salespersons (6421), Cashiers (6611), Store Shelf Stockers, Clerks, and Order Fillers (6622) and Other Sales Related Occupations (6623). They are employed by stores and other retail businesses, wholesale businesses that sell on a retail basis to the public, rental service establishments and businesses involved in door-to-door soliciting and telemarketing.

Job duties:
Retail sales supervisors perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Supervise and coordinate sales staff and cashiers.
  • Assign sales workers to duties and prepare work schedules.
  • Authorize payments by cheque and the return of merchandise.
  • Sell merchandise to customers.
  • Resolve problems that arise, such as customer complaints and supply shortages.
  • Maintain specified inventory and order merchandise.
  • Prepare reports regarding sales volumes, merchandising and personnel matters.
  • Hire and train or arrange for the training of new sales staff.
Sample job titles:
  • bakery supervisor - supermarket
  • customer service supervisor - retail
  • delivery person supervisor
  • door-to-door sales supervisor
  • grocery clerk supervisor
  • head cashier
  • retail store supervisor
  • route supervisor, retail sales
  • sales clerk supervisor
  • telemarketer supervisor
Skills:

Supervisory, organizational, leadership, and effective communications skills are essential. You must be observant, responsible, and able to enforce rules and regulations. As supervisor, you will be required to resolve problems and address the concerns of unhappy customers. Services, product lines and sales methods may change frequently. You must be prepared to keep informed and adapt to change.

Job requirements:
  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
Other considerations:

Employment opportunities are likely to be affected by economic conditions in the area, rising as the economy improves and falling when it declines. People in these jobs should be prepared to keep up with changes in product lines and sales methods. Annual incomes will depend upon many factors, including the product being sold, industry, location, qualifications, and the number of staff being supervised. Previous retail sales experience as a retail salesperson or sales clerk, cashier, telemarketer, door-to-door salesperson or rental agent is required.
Progression to management positions in retail trade is possible with additional training or experience.

Labour Market Information

Work Prospects:Good

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “good”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is better than average when compared to other occupations in Nova Scotia. This is a fairly large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities occur fairly regularly. The number employed in this occupation is expected to grow moderately over the next few years, which will likely provide some additional opportunities for employment. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Retail Sales Supervisors most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs are typically permanent positions.

The median employment income for 59% of Retail Sales Supervisors who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $31,747. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

OccupationEstimated employment in 2018Estimated change in employment between 2017 and 2019Estimated openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019Estimated rate of unemployment in 2018 Estimated hourly earnings in 2015 (learn more)Estimated annual earnings in 2015
Retail Sales Supervisors1,770Moderate growth750Low
Minimum: $11.00
Median: $15.00
Maximum: $24.00
Minimum: $7,288
Median: $24,509
Maximum: $54,619
Occupations in Sales and Service102,605Decline slightly5,260Moderate
Minimum: $10.70
Median: $12.50
Maximum: $21.17
Minimum: $2,949
Median: $16,629
Maximum: $45,086
Retail Sales SupervisorsCompared to: Occupations in Sales and Service
Percent employed full-time76%59%
Percent self-employed0%6%
Where will I likely work?
Area of EmploymentRetail Sales SupervisorsCompared to: All NS Occupations
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Southern11%x12%$30,581
Northern15%x16%$33,660
Cape Breton9%x13%$32,974
Halifax50%x47%$41,209
Annapolis Valley16%x13%$32,958
What are the workers like?
AgeRetail Sales SupervisorsCompared to: All Sales and Service
% Employed% Employed
15-2422%x
25-3417%36%
35-4420%29%
45-5423%x
55-6414%21%
65+4%x
Median Age4037
GenderRetail Sales SupervisorsCompared to: Occupations in Sales and Service
% Employed% Employed
Female71%60%
Male29%40%
EducationRetail Sales SupervisorsCompared to: All Sales and Service
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Less than high school11.3%$20,16818.8%$9,486
High school47.2%$24,94040.4%$12,982
Trades certificate5.9%$24,4928.0%$18,797
College certificate or diploma22.3%$26,49319.9%$19,514
University certificate or diploma0.8%x1.6%$18,279
Bachelor's degree10.8%$23,91510.0%$20,807
University advanced certificate or diploma0.5%x0.5%$15,716
Master's degreexx0.8%$20,769
Doctorate1.0%x0.0%$17,318
Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometryxx0.1%$17,368
Total100%100%
Wage Disclaimer

Hourly earnings data are from the Labour Force Survey by Statistics Canada. Data are not available for all occupations. Hourly earnings are calculated based on usual hours worked per week. This is how an annual salary, for instance, gets converted to an hourly rate. The data include full and part-time workers along with new and experienced workers. Self-employed workers are excluded.

Annual employment income data reported in the Work Prospects section, are from the 2011 National Household Survey by Statistics Canada. Much of the data (around 70%) came directly from tax records. The data relates to the year 2010 and includes total wages and salaries and net income from self-employment.

Sources

Employment Requirements & Contacts

Regulations:
No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile
Useful contacts:
Retail Council of Canada
1255 Bay Street, Suite 800
Toronto, ON M5R 2A9
Tel: (416) 922-6678
Fax: (416) 922-8011
info@retailcouncil.org

Training Paths & Education

Program Name:Adult high school/secondary diploma programs
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the high school level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that defines the prescribed requirements, specified by the appropriate jurisdiction, for the completion of and graduation from a secondary school program of academic subject matter offered for adult learners outside of the regular secondary school program. This does not include adult compensatory education programs resulting in completion of a high school equivalency certificate or diploma.
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Universite Sainte-Anne
Siège Social: 1695, Route 1
Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0
(902) 769-2114
Blanche.Theriault@usainteanne.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Annapolis Valley Campus
50 Elliott Road
Lawrencetown, NS B0S 1M0
(902) 825-3491
avc.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Cumberland Campus
PO Box 550, 1 Main Street
Springhill, NS B0M 1X0
(902) 597-3737
cumberland.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Akerley Campus
21 Woodlawn Road
Dartmouth, NS B2W 2R7
(902) 491-4900
akerley.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Burridge Campus
372 Pleasant Street
Yarmouth, NS B5A 2L2
(902) 742-3501
burridge.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus
236 Belcher Street
Kentville, NS B4N 0A6
(902) 678-7341
kingstec.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Lunenburg Campus
75 High Street
Bridgewater, NS B4V 1V8
(902) 543-4608
lunenburg.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Institute of Technology Campus
5685 Leeds Street
Halifax, NS B3K 2T3
(902) 491-6722
it.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Pictou Campus & School of Fisheries
PO Box 820, 39 Acadia Avenue
Stellarton, NS B0K 1S0
(902) 752-2002
pictou.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Shelburne Campus
PO Box 760, 1575 Lake Road
Shelburne, NS B0T 1W0
(902) 875-8640
shelburne.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Strait Area Campus & Nautical Institute
226 Reeves Street
Port Hawkesbury, NS B9A 2A2
(902) 625-2380
strait.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus
PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6J7
(902) 563-2450
marconi.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Truro Campus
36 Arthur Street
Truro, NS B2N 1X5
(902) 893-5385
truro.info@nscc.ca
Program Name:Marketing/marketing management - General
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that generally prepares individuals to undertake and manage the process of developing consumer audiences and moving products from producers to consumers. These programs include courses in buyer behaviour and dynamics, principles of marketing research, demand analysis, cost-volume and profit relationships, pricing theory, marketing campaign and strategic planning, market segments, advertising methods, sales operations and management, consumer relations, retailing, and applications to specific products and markets.
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Acadia University
15 University Avenue
Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6
(902) 542-2201
agi@acadiau.ca
Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
Mount Saint Vincent University
166 Bedford Highway
Halifax, NS B3M 2J6
(902) 457-6117
admissions@msvu.ca
St. Francis Xavier University
PO Box 5000
Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5
(902) 867-2219
admit@stfx.ca
Saint Mary's University
923 Robie Street
Halifax, NS B3H 3C3
(902) 420-5400
admission.status@smu.ca
Cape Breton University
PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6L2
(888) 959-9995
registrar@cbu.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Cumberland Campus
PO Box 550, 1 Main Street
Springhill, NS B0M 1X0
(902) 597-3737
cumberland.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus
236 Belcher Street
Kentville, NS B4N 0A6
(902) 678-7341
kingstec.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Lunenburg Campus
75 High Street
Bridgewater, NS B4V 1V8
(902) 543-4608
lunenburg.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Pictou Campus & School of Fisheries
PO Box 820, 39 Acadia Avenue
Stellarton, NS B0K 1S0
(902) 752-2002
pictou.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus
PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6J7
(902) 563-2450
marconi.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Waterfront Campus & Aviation Institute
80 Mawiomi Place
Dartmouth, NS B2Y 0A5
(902) 491-1100
waterfront.info@nscc.ca
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