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Retail Store Workers

Retail Store Workers

Retail Store Workers


Main Topic: Environment and Society
Secondary Topic: Physical Geography

Overview: Outdoor equipment salesperson is a type of retail sales worker who specializes in understanding outdoor equipment and recreational activities, especially in their local area. In general, salesperson must be able to help customers find products, recommend merchandise, explain the use of products, answer questions, inform customers about sales, and complete transactions. Specifically, outdoor equipment sales workers understand a variety of outdoor sports and recreation like hiking, fishing, climbing, water sports, golfing, running, or hunting depending on the area. Large chain stores focused on outdoor equipment have become very popular, including Bass Pro Shop and Cabelas. Geographers would be well-suited because of their exploration in the relationship between the environment and society. They will also be able to help customers best explore their local environments.

Geographers at work: Environmental geographers, Physical geographers, Business geographers, Transportation geographers

Recommended College Courses: Introduction to Physical Geography, Environmental Management, Weather and Climate, Research Methods in Geography, Introduction in Environmental Geography, Natural Resource Use and Management, Community and Regional Planning, Parks and Protected Places

Skills: Mapping, Local geography, Climate and weather forecasting, Human resource management, Field methods

Occupation Group: Sales

Learn more about Retail Store Workers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Labor: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/sales/retail-sales-workers.htm

Written by Dr. Richard G. Boehm


Retail sales workers help customers find products they want and process customers’ payments.
Retail sales workers help customers find products they want and process customers’ payments.