Technical sales specialists in wholesale trade sell a range of technical products, services and equipment. These can include electricity, telecommunications and computer services, as well as scientific, agricultural and industrial products. Their customers may include governments, industry and commercial businesses in Canada and around the world.
Technical sales specialists who are supervisors are included in this group.
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Estimated median employment income based on 2021 Job Bank median hourly wage rate (median annual salary = hourly wage rate x 40 (hours per week) x 52.14 (weeks per year))
Note:Estimated median employment income based on 2021 Job Bank median hourly wage rate (median annual salary = hourly wage rate x 40 (hours per week) x 52.14 (weeks per year))
Source: 2021 Job Bank Wage Report
Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook
10 year expected job openings: 5,730
Technical sales specialists in wholesale trade:
Technical sales specialists in wholesale trade work for suppliers of technical goods and services. These include pharmaceutical companies, industrial equipment manufacturers, computer services firms, engineering firms and hydroelectric companies. Some technical sales specialists are self-employed workers who contract out their service.
People in this job often travel to meet with current or prospective customers. Workers who are employed by companies headquartered outside of B.C. often work from home.
Technical sales specialists work closely with people. They meet with clients by phone, by video conference and in person. They may also provide training to customers virtually or in person.
The work can be fast paced, with tight deadlines.
Source: 2016 Census
Employers usually hire workers with a university degree or college diploma in a program related to their product or service. They may also expect employees to have experience in sales or in a technical role related to the product or service.
Technical sales specialists who work for companies that import or export their products may need to be fluent in another language. They may also need to have experience working or travelling abroad.
People in this job must have the technical knowledge needed to understand and explain their products. Some employers offer extensive in-house training programs.
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Technical sales specialists can transfer their sales skills to other technical products or services.
With additional training or experience, they may move into management or supervisory roles, such as technical sales supervisor.