Below-average occupational growth is expected in Alberta for 2016 to 2020. Job openings are a result of employment turnover and newly created positions.
Technical sales representatives work for:
- technical and industrial equipment manufacturers and resellers
- computer software firms
- engineering and technology service firms
- pharmaceutical companies
- communications companies.
They may be employed full time or work as self-employed contractors.
Advancement opportunities depend on the size and nature of the company, and the individual's sales abilities. Many companies require front line sales experience for advancement to senior level positions.
Technical sales representatives are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 6221: Technical sales specialists - wholesale trade. In Alberta, 78% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:
The employment outlook in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:
- trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
- location in Alberta
- employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
- occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before)
- size of the occupation.
Over 16,900 Albertans are employed in the Technical sales specialists - wholesale trade occupational group. This group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 1.6% from 2016 to 2020. As a result, 270 new positions are forecast to be created each year, in addition to job openings created by employment turnover. Note: As technical sales representatives form only a part of this larger occupational group, only some of these newly created positions will be for technical sales representatives.
Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.