Sales assistants (general) sell goods and services in retail and wholesale organisations.

Where sales assistants are employed

The retail industry employs large numbers with a high staff turnover. There is potential for advancement in retailing for those showing initiative, enthusiasm and willingness to learn.


Full-time sales assistants in South Australia generally earn between $600 and $799 per week.

Graph of pay scales for Sales Assistants

Job prospects

In 2011 there were 8,677 people employed full-time as sales assistants in South Australia compared with 9,191 in 2006.

How to become one

You can work as a sales assistant without formal qualifications. You will probably get some informal training on the job.

You can also become a sales assistant through a traineeship in Retail, Retail Services, Retail Operations or Automotive Sales. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.  For more information see traineeships.  Ask your career adviser about the possibility of starting some of this training in school.

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