These comments apply to the career group Retail Salespersons and Sales Clerks.
The number of job openings in this occupation will significantly increase over the 2011-2020 period, and they will result mainly from retirement. Although the need to replace retirees will represent a significant source of job openings, the retirement rate in this occupation is expected to be very low because retail salespersons and sales clerks tend to be much young than average and retire much later. Although expansion demand is expected to be smaller than replacement demand, it will still be a significant source of job openings. The 2008-2009 recession did not affect consumption as significantly as previous recessions and consumers rapidly resumed spending. This will enable the retail sector to resume its growth. The number of new graduates and immigrants seeking jobs in this occupation is also expected to increase. In fact, their number will represent twice the number of job openings. Since the skills required in this occupation are less specific than in other occupations, a large number of people who have studied in various fields that have no relation to the retail sector are expected to work in this occupation while they look for employment in occupations that better fit their qualifications and match their career goals. A very large number of workers will therefore leave this occupation for others, which will give the majority of other job seekers the opportunity to find a job as a retail salesperson or sales clerk.
Job Seekers: 144,946
Job Openings: 131,282
Job prospects for this career are rated Limited