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3 Major Myths About Working in the Retail Sector

November 4, 2018

Myth 1: Retail Workers are Unskilled 

In reality, retail employers report that they recruit employees who have both hard and soft skills. In addition to being able to relate to customers well, employers want employees who are familiar with the e-commerce technology. In fact, 28% of retail workers have completed some form of college education and 15% have completed a bachelor’s degree or higher! 



Myth 2: Retail Jobs are Entry-Level Jobs 

In reality, there are over 15 million permanent workers in the retail sectors. In fact, that number is expected to grow rapidly as the retail industry was projected to have the second largest job growth in the US, only falling behind food preparation occupations. Moreover, in the US, 1 out of every 10 jobs is in the retail, which means this sector contributes significantly to US’s economy. With this being said, it is unlikely that workers only enter this compelling industry to leave for other work. 



Myth 3: Retail workers are comprised of teenagers who do not need the money

In reality, the average retail worker is 37 years old. In fact, more than half of year-round retail workers significantly contribute to their family’s total income. In New York City, a third of retail workers support at least one dependent. 



Sources: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/nov/25/10-myths-retail-sector-jobs


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