Job prospects Retail Salesperson near St. John's (NL)

Explore current and future job prospects for Retail salespersons near St. John's (NL). These trends also apply to people working as a retail salesperson.

Note that these employment prospects were published in December 2019 based on information available at that time. You can read our new special report to learn about the impact of COVID-19 on some occupations in your province or territory. You can also visit the Canadian Online Job Posting Dashboard to find the latest data on the demand and work requirements for this occupation.

Recent trends

Balanced labour market

The prospect of finding work in this occupation was fair over the past few years (2016-2018). The number of job openings was about the same as the number of workers available.

Source Labour Market Information | Recent Trends Methodology

Job prospects

retail salesperson
Prospects over the next 3 years
Fair Fair

The employment outlook will be fair for Retail salespersons (NOC 6421) in the Avalon Peninsula region for the 2019-2021 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment decline will lead to the loss of a few positions.
  • A moderate number of positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a moderate number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.
  • High employee turnover in this occupation could lead to additional employment opportunities.

This is a large occupation characterized by a younger workforce, relatively low requirements for qualification, low wages, and high rates of turnover. The number of positions is expected to decline as retail sales drop over the forecast period. The rising popularity of online shopping may also be a negative influence on the number of positions in this occupation. The prospect for employment can vary by area and season. Occasionally, a surge of employment in another industry such as mining will create a localized spike in retail sales and demand for workers. Those willing to work a flexible schedule will increase their job potential. Increased use of technology will favour retail salespersons and sales clerks with intermediate computer skills particularly in point-of-sale data entry and computerized inventory record keeping. Knowledge of specific industries and products may increase the likelihood of employment.

Here are some key facts about Retail salespersons in the Avalon Peninsula region:

  • Approximately 5,140 people work in this occupation.
  • Retail salespersons mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Retail Trade (NAICS 44-45): 91%
  • Source Labour Market Information | Prospects Methodology

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