Telemarketer Job Description

  • Telemarketer job descriptionOn average, telemarketers make around $10.50 per hour
  • Job opportunities for telemarketers are decreasing
  • Most telemarketers need a background in sales

What do telemarketers do?

Telemarketers get a bad rap as the annoying sales people that call during the middle of your dinner. While they may interrupt your delicious Salisbury steak and mash occasionally, the largest portion of telemarketing is done during normal business hours directly to businesses.

Telemarketers contact people to solicit sales by reading scripts and describing products. It's just like normal selling, only with telemarketing the shopping experience comes right to you. The end goal is the same: you pitch a product to a customer so well that they want to buy it. The rub here is that sometimes customers don't want the particular product you're advertising brought to them.

If telemarketing is in your future, you're going to need tough skin. When customers feel their privacy or personal time has been invaded, they can become frustrated and angry, so being able to defuse an explosive situation is an important part of the job.

How much do telemarketers make?

The average hourly pay for all telemarketers is about $10.50 per hour, but will vary by experience and location. Experienced telemarketers who successfully sell high-priced products can expect to earn up to $18 per hour.

Education requirements

Education requirements will vary based on the company and product being sold. Some companies may require a bachelor's degree and extensive sales strategy training, while others may substitute relevant work experience for education.

Career paths for telemarketers

Advancement in the telemarketing field depends mostly on how successful you are in your position. Telemarketers who meet and exceed sales targets can be eligible for promotions into training and management positions.

The future of telemarketers

The BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics) is expecting average growth for telemarketer positions. Because many companies prefer a more personal sales strategy, telemarketing has fallen out of favor. Job growth will remain steady for smaller and independent companies, because unlike larger manufacturers, they won't outsource sales positions.

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Tax Preparer Job Description

  • Tax preparer job descriptionOn average, tax preparers make around $9.50 per hour plus commission
  • You don't need a college education to be a tax preparer
  • You may need certification through the IRS

What do tax preparers do?

Tax preparers, like car mechanics, are people everyone wants to know. Every person with a job has to pay taxes, and every person who pays taxes dreads doing the paperwork. Enter the tax preparer.

To be an awesome tax preparer you'll have to greet customers and conduct interviews with potential clients. Company policy dictates the questions you'll need to ask, so no need to practice your interviewing skills every night before bed. Once you gather information from clients, you'll recommend the right products and services, and complete (or audit) any related tax forms. This process is almost always handled electronically, so you'll need to know your way around a keyboard.

How much do tax preparers make?

The average hourly pay for all tax preparers is around $9.50 per hour, but will vary by experience and location. Almost all tax preparers are paid a combination of base salary, commission for completed returns, bonuses based on performance and other incentives for selling products like IRAs.

Education requirements

You'll need at least a high school diploma or GED. Computer training and a reasonable comfort level with numbers is also important. The employer will teach you about applicable tax law and how to navigate their computer systems, but an overall familiarity with the tax industry is a definite plus.

Career paths for tax preparers

Tax preparation is extremely seasonal. It peaks in February and March but stays busy through April 15th. In order to make a career of tax preparation, you will need additional education and licensure. Tax preparation is an excellent gateway into most accounting and finance careers.

The future of tax preparer jobs

According to the BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics), job opportunities for tax preparers and accountants are growing. More complex tax laws and population growth will continue to create demand in a recession-proof industry. Taxes will be due every year, so tax preparers will always have clients.

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Stock Clerk Job Description

  • Stock clerk job descriptionStock clerks average around $10 per hour.
  • Jobs as a stock clerk offer decent job security.
  • You'll need to be hard-working, physically fit and an independent worker.

What do stock clerks do?

Have you ever wondered how all the cans of green beans get on the shelves at the grocery store, or where store employees go when you ask them to "check in the back?" If you enjoy working behind the scenes, being a stock clerk just might be the perfect job for you.

A stock clerk is responsible for stocking shelves and maintaining the overall appearance of the store. That means you'll have to unload trucks and move the merchandise to the floor quickly and efficiently. You may be responsible for planograms (setting up the shelves according to company specifications), which means you'll need a good eye for detail. This is also the kind of job where your boss probably won't be looking over your shoulder. If you work well independently and you can motivate yourself to complete an assigned task from start to finish (without getting distracted), this will be perfect for you.

Some of these tasks can be completed when the store is open, but others have to happen early in the morning or late at night. Shifts are typically available around the clock, so this job offers is perfect for someone needing scheduling flexibility.

To be a stock clerk, you'll also need to physically be able to perform the tasks assigned to you. This means some heavy lifting, stooping, bending, and even climbing ladders. If you have a bad back, or if you're afraid of heights (10 to 20 feet), this probably isn't the job for you.

Employers will expect you to be hard-working and good with customers (especially if you work a day shift). You will be in the aisles stocking the shelves, so you'll be the very first person customers ask when they need to know what aisle the canned rutabaga is on (aisle 12, second shelf on the right).

How much do stock clerks make?

The average hourly pay for a stock clerk is usually around $10 per hour. This varies by industry, with warehouse and storage clerks making the most ($13.34 per hour) and department stores having the lowest hourly wage (around $9.29 per hour).

Education requirements

A high school diploma or GED is sufficient education for a stock clerk position. Most employers will offer short-term, on-site training so you can learn the job according to their specifications.

Career paths for stock clerks

Working in a large store (like a supermarket or department store) may lead to a wealth of growth opportunities in the store you work in and throughout the organization. Because each location consists of so many separate departments, there are lots of different management opportunities in each. For stocking positions there are typically shift supervisors and an operations or inventory manager assigning daily job functions. Each store will also have a general manager who oversees all aspects of the store; this position would likely require additional education (at least a bachelor's degree) and several years of job training.

The future of stock clerk jobs

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of stock clerks is expected to grow a little more than 7 percent between 2008 and 2018. Grocery and retail clerk positions are expected to grow the most and are among the only types of clerk positions that expect substantial growth. The position offers job security and growth opportunities.

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Security Guard Job Description

  • Security guard job descriptionOn average, security guards make $21,530 a year
  • A high school education is preferred but not always required
  • Some security guard jobs can be dangerous

What do security guards do?

Does going undercover to nab bad guys sound like a dream job to you? Then you might be surprised to learn that you can score a job catching thieves, terrorists and arsonists - and you don't even have to be a police officer.

Security guards are hired by businesses, casinos, hospitals, stores, banks, nuclear power plants and other organizations to help deter illegal activities. You might be watching a bank of TV monitors all night, looking for suspicious activity. Or you might be stationed at a building's front door, checking IDs and greeting people who walk in. As a security guard you'll need to know the law, know your employer's rules and be able to enforce both.

Most companies hire security personnel to work around the clock, making this a great part-time job with flexible hours . In fact, many law enforcement officials work as security guards during their time off. Having law enforcement experience can come in handy, as security guards have to interact with police officers, interview witnesses and sometimes even testify in court.

There are some downsides to having a security guard job . It can be dangerous work, especially for armored car guards. The threat of being robbed or worse is all too real for most security guards. This is why many security guards receive firearm, hand-to-hand combat and emergency response training. Also, in some instances, security guards are instructed to let petty shoplifters go - a fact that might not sit well with the law-abiding side of your personality.

How much do security guards make?

Surprisingly, armored car guards make only $20,000 a year, even though their jobs are considered dangerous. On average, medical hospital guards and elementary and secondary school guards make the most, taking home more than $26,000 a year.

What are the education requirements to be a security guard?

A high school education is usually preferred but not required if you want to be a security guard. You'll get a lot of on-the-job training, especially if you're going to be a guard at a nuclear power facility. Nuclear power facility guards undergo several months of training before going on duty, especially with the increased threat of terrorism. Most other guards receive much less training. Even though a degree is not required, different security guard jobs still may require specific certifications.

Career paths for security guards

The best way to advance as a security guard is to receive additional training. Those with certifications in fields like gaming security or an associate's degree in criminal justice usually get paid more and promoted faster. The more you learn about security, the easier it will be for you to enter management or start your own security business, a common choice for many security guards.

The future of security guard jobs

Safety and the threat of terrorism are growing concerns for many companies, and as a result, job prospects look good for those of you wanting to become security guards. According to the BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics), the number of available security jobs will increase faster than average over the next few years. Gaming security jobs in casinos will see the largest jump - but in order to score one of these jobs, you're going to have training and experience.

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Retail Associate Job Description

  • post a jobOn average, retail sales associates make $9.50 an hour
  • One-third of retail sales associates work part time
  • Retail sales associates are usually required to work evenings and weekends

What do retail sales associates do?

They're everywhere you shop, assisting you with hard-to-find items, answering questions and ultimately getting you to buy what they're selling. They provide a variety of services, from helping you pick out items to ringing up your purchases. Like cashiers, retail sales associates use cash registers to process transactions and are responsible for keeping track of all the money inside. You might encounter retail sales associates several times a day without realizing it - they work at department stores, grocery stores, cell phone stores and even car dealerships.

You've got to have a lot of patience to make it as a retail sales associate because unfortunately, you will run into your fair share of difficult customers. The most successful sales associates are polite, friendly and have a very outgoing personality. If you're not a naturally happy person who likes to work with others, then retail sales is not for you.

As a retail sales associate you've got to know what you're talking about; if you sell cars, you'll need to know specifics about each car's features, your dealership's financing policy and warranty services. The same goes for people who sell TVs, mattresses and clothing.

Most retail sales associates work indoors - but don't be surprised to find yourself outdoors, sometimes in bad weather, if you decide to sell cars, lumber or gardening equipment. Retail sales associates are on their feet a lot, so comfy shoes are a must.

Long hours and weekends are the norm for retail sales associates. Since most retail stores are busiest in November and December, you'll be required to work nights, weekends and holidays during the busy season.

How much do retail sales associates make?

You can make some pretty good money if you've got the skills. If you score a job with a good commission program and have a knack for sales, you can make upwards of $19 an hour; most car salespeople are in this range. On average, retail sales associates make $9.50 an hour. Be aware that some entry-level jobs will start you out as low as minimum wage, which is just $7.25 an hour.

What are the education requirements to be a retail sales associate?

It's a good rule of thumb that the more education you have, the better. Most entry-level retail sales associate jobs don't require you to have a degree, but most places will require that you have at least a high school diploma. If you're interested in someday becoming a manager, a college degree may be required.

Career paths for retail sales associates

You probably won't get a job selling Porsches right off the bat. Many entry-level sales associates start off selling small-ticket items, such as cosmetics. As they gain experience they move up to bigger items, like electronics and jewelry. After that, it's common to see sales associates move into management positions. A college degree, especially one with a concentration in business, will help you out if you're hoping to be a retail sales manager.

The future of retail sales associate jobs

It's a good time to become a retail sales associate. According to the BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics), over half a million jobs will be created in the retail sales industry by 2016. Many new jobs will be at supercenters and warehouse clubs as they become more and more popular.

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Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Job Description

CNA job description

  • On average, Certified Nursing Assistants make around $11.50 per hour
  • Many CNAs often decide to pursue careers as a Registered Nurse
  • There will continue to be good job opportunities for CNAs

What do CNAs do?

Maybe you're thinking about a career in nursing but you're not quite ready to take the plunge. Maybe you've always known that nursing is where your heart is. Either way, a certified nursing assistant job can be a great choice.

Nursing aides often work directly with patients, under the supervision of an experienced medical staff, to tend to their patients' immediate medical needs. Many of the medical requirements of the job like taking temperature or blood pressure require specialized training on technique, but not all of them. Nursing assistants also assist patients with routine activities such as getting out of bed or assisting with meals.

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How much do CNAs make?

The average hourly pay for all Certified Nursing Assistants is about $11.50 per hour, but will vary by experience and location. Experienced Certified Nursing Assistants can earn up to $19 per hour.

Education requirements

To be a Certified Nursing Assistant you'll need at least a high school education or GED to complete the federally regulated requirements. All CNAs must finish at least 75 hours of a training course approved by the state, and pass a test to prove the mastery of the material covered in the class. Once you complete the requirements, you're listed on a state registry of approved nursing aides. Sometimes individual states have additional requirements, so you'll also want to check what those are in your area.

Learn more about how to become a certified nursing assistant.

Career paths for CNAs

Many people who work as Certified Nursing Assistants choose to complete additional education certifications to become registered nurses (RN) or licensed practical nurses (LPN). A career as a CNA can be an excellent entry-level position to gain real-life nursing experience.

The future of CNAs

The BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics) expects above average growth for Certified Nursing Assistant positions and will correspond to growth in population over the 2008-2018 decade. Because hospitals are constantly being pressured to release patients earlier and earlier by insurance companies, patients are being discharged to nursing facilities. The staffing needs of these types of facilities will drive job growth for CNAs.

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Merchandiser Job Description

  • Merchandiser job descriptionMerchandisers make around $9.50 per hour
  • Merchandising jobs offer flexible scheduling
  • You'll have to have reliable transportation

What do merchandisers do?

Merchandisers are "image consultants for the retail world." Retailers use merchandising to promote specific products and services and increase sales. When you walk by a store that's having a sale, you typically see eye-catching signs in the front windows announcing, "Up to 50% off the entire store!" or "Buy one get one free!" This entices customers to enter the store, thus increasing their chances of purchasing something. You may also see brochures and coupons at the register that encourage you to return to the store and buy again. Pretty smart thinking, don't you agree? All this is the work of merchandisers.

Merchandisers also deliver educational materials to the store for training new employees or teaching sales tactics to existing workers. They also conduct inventory reports -counting the merchandise at a particular location - and replace old or defective stock.

Some stores have their own merchandising departments, but others use third-party companies to handle merchandising certain displays. If you are employed by one of these companies, like Mosaic, you will need your own reliable transportation to get you to and from each location. You'll travel from store to store setting up displays, doing reports and talking with employees.

How much do merchandisers make?

The average hourly pay for a merchandiser is around $9.50 per hour. Like in most jobs, pay will vary by skill level and location.

Education requirements

A high school diploma or GED is sufficient education for a merchandiser position. It's an entry-level position and doesn't require much experience to get started. Most employers will offer short-term, on-site training so you can learn how to use their equipment and meet all the job requirements.

Career paths for merchandisers

Typically a merchandiser will work under a team leader or a manager. Several managers are grouped together into a geographic region which is led by a district manager. A successful merchandiser may be able to move into a management role in one of these areas.

The future of merchandisers

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities for merchandisers should grow at an average rate. Remember that this job depends on the demand of retailers requiring their merchandise to be displayed. The limited training requirements and flexible hours attract many people seeking second or part-time jobs.

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Massage Therapist Job Description

Massage therapist job descriptionInterested in a job that lets you spend your work hours bathed in soothing music, soft lighting and scented oils? Massage therapy offers some pretty sweet and exotic working conditions: flexible hours, calm work environments and a job that is focused entirely on relaxation and health.

Massage therapists manipulate the muscles and soft tissues of their clients to produce relaxation, improved health and other benefits. There are over 80 different types of massage, and many therapists specialize in more than one. Building a client base is vital, and while there are limited opportunities for advancement within the massage therapy industry, successful therapists build loyal clientele and raise their prices over time as demand for their services increase.

Job skills & requirements

Education: Most states require massage therapists to be licensed to practice. Massage therapy licensing varies from state to state, but if you live near a metropolitan area there is likely a trade school that could allow you to pursue certification.

Stamina: You're in contact (literally) with all sorts of clients, and many people are initially very uncomfortable with the process of massage therapy. Having a strong sense of compassion and great customer service skills is vital to enabling clients to feel comfortable and ultimately building a strong pool of customers that will support your salary.

Empathy: You'll need to keep up and pull your weight (and then some) day after day. Make sure you're physically up to the task before you sign up!

Hours: Since massage therapists must take breaks between sessions to avoid injury, and many drive to appointments (which means additional time for setting up a massage table or chair) working between 15-30 hours is considered full time. Many people work part time as massage therapists to supplement their income. Hours depend almost entirely on your client base: therapists for retirement homes, vacation spas and professional athletes may find they are busiest during the day; people who make their money massaging office workers and amateur sports players will likely be booked up after normal work hours and on weekends.

Dress the Part: For an interview, suit up - but bring a comfortable change of clothes in case you are asked to demonstrate your skills. Spas and clinics will probably have a dress code; in other work environments you may find that loose-fitting pants and shirts are standard work wear.

Job Myth

“Why do I have to get certified? I give a pretty mean back rub.”

In your circle of friends you might be to go-to person for sore necks or strained backs, but even then there are tons of things you need to learn before you become a professional massage therapist. How do you set up a massage table? How can you stop to get more oil without ever taking a hand off your client? (Tip: few things are less relaxing than being facedown with your eyes closed, and having no idea whether your massage therapist has wandered off somewhere. A good massage therapist will probably keep in physical contact so that doesn't happen.) Do you know about deep tissue Swedish massage? Hot stone therapy? Prenatal massage?


Then head off to massage therapy school, and hone that gift for giving a mean foot massage into something that can earn you a comfortable living.

Career Paths

  • Salon Manager (Averages $36,000 annually)

Similar Positions

Cosmetologist, Certified Nursing Assistant

Extra Perks

  • Staying active - This job will keep you on the move throughout the day
  • Self-employment potential

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Manicurist Job Description

Manicurist job descriptionManicurists need a steady hand and creative flair to keep fingertips fashionable and toes twinkling, but it's not all just picking polish. As with other personal care workers, manicurists are part fashion consultant, part therapist. You'll be listening to personal problems and juicy gossip all while creating tiny works of art with itty-bitty brushes, so being a people person is important. If you've worked in customer service before and you can't imagine holding hands with your worst customer for 15 minutes straight, with no possibility of escape, you may want to reconsider this one.

Most manicurists sit for the majority of their shift; this can be a relief for people used to standing for eight hours at a time, but keep in mind that it can be tough on your neck and back to bend over all day making manicure magic. If you are especially sensitive to fumes and chemicals you may also have trouble with the work environment; while many beauty salons are well ventilated, you will still be working closely with some seriously smelly polishes and potions all day long.

Job skills & requirements

License: Most states have individual licensing requirements for personal care professionals. Check with a local employer or cosmetology school to see what is required in your area.

Education: You can get additional certifications and training above any basic license required by your state, and this additional experience usually makes you a more desirable employee for upscale salons and translates to higher-paying jobs. Most areas have a local cosmetology school, beauty school or trade classes in personal care.

Endurance: This job includes sitting in the same position most of the day. You'll have breaks between clients to move and stretch, but if an old back injury or other physical condition prevents you from sitting comfortably with your neck bent, you may want to consider another career.

People skills: Everyone has their share of grumpy clients, and you will need to smile graciously, take them by the hand and make their nails look fabulous while they complain about their lives, the weather and possibly your services. If you have a short fuse or an unruly temper, this might not be the gig for you.

Fashion sense: Some clients know what they want; others will want you to offer suggestions on the color they'll be sporting for the next week or two. So if you like to keep up with trends and fashion, you'll be well-positioned to pair your customers with the perfect polish at every appointment.

Expected Hours:

Many manicurists work 40 or more hours per week. Salons are frequently open during the workday and well into the evening - when the nine-to-five crowd has time to sit down and relax.

Dress the Part:

Some employers distribute uniforms; others have a standard dress code you will be asked to follow. For interviews, arrive looking professional. A suit or dress slacks paired with a nice shirt is a sure bet for almost any interview. Black is usually a safe color to wear for salons, many rely on an all-black or mostly-black wardrobe as part of their employee dress guidelines.

Job myth

“Sitting down and painting fingernails? This will be easy.”

If you still think manicurists have it made, reread the job description. Sure, there's a good chance you'll be seated in a pleasant environment with quietly chatting customers, but those perks come packaged with chemicals in the air, constantly bending over and being up close and personal with each and every client. It's a great job, but it's healthy to recognize the good with the bad before you get started. On the other hand, if you've taken a realistic look at what being a manicurist entails and you still have a passion for polish, what are you waiting for?

Career paths

  • Cosmetologist (Averages $22,760/year)
  • Shampooer (Averages $18,270/year)

Similar positions

Hairstylist, Cosmetologist

Extra perks

  • Opportunities for self-employment
  • Flexible schedule

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Maintenance Worker Job Description

Maintenance worker job descriptionPop-quiz. When something breaks do you:

A) Get a new one
B) Kick it
C) Call someone
D) Take it apart and fix it yourself.

If you answered A-C, you're 95% of the world's population. If you answered D, you need to be a maintenance worker, and you're probably on speed dial for those who answered C.

  • On average, maintenance workers make around $16.50 per hour
  • Maintenance workers are often required to be on call for nights and weekends
  • You'll need to start out as a helper or apprentice to learn the job

Maintenance workers are responsible for maintenance and repair work for buildings and job sites like offices, apartment complexes, government agencies and schools. They keep things running smoothly and the wheels greased (literally). Being a maintenance worker requires light trouble shooting abilities for a variety of different types of machinery and equipment like HVAC, electricity, plumbing and occasionally janitorial or lawn maintenance.

You'll need to be able to respond quickly, sometimes 24 hours a day, and troubleshoot using instruction manuals, blue prints and necessary tools. The job requires both indoor and outdoor work, and sometimes lifting heavy loads, so you'll need to be reasonably fit and agile.

How much do maintenance workers make?

The average salary for all maintenance workers is about $16.50 per hour. Experienced maintenance workers at high-end retailers can earn up to $26 per hour. Most maintenance workers have jobs in local governments and schools, which typically pay higher hourly wages than in the private sector.

Education requirements

Most maintenance workers need only a high school diploma or GED to qualify for maintenance positions. The real deal breaker is in experience. You'll probably have to start as a maintenance helper, apprentice or intern and work your way up. There are a lot of different skills and tasks you'll need to learn how to perform to be successful, and most are best mastered with real world experience.

Career paths for maintenance workers

Lots of people who go into maintenance work choose to specialize in a particular area, such as plumbing or landscaping, and pursue a career in it. If you choose to stick with maintenance, there are opportunities in supervisory roles and certification by the International Management Institute (IMI) for different levels of competency in maintenance professions.

The future of maintenance workers

The BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics) expects average growth in maintenance positions over the 2008-2018 decade. The need for maintenance workers is directly related to how many buildings like offices and apartments exist. As the number of these types of buildings increases, so will the need for people to maintain them.