Most employers prefer to hire technical sales representatives with technical qualifications plus many years, sometimes decades, of experience working with the type of product they sell. Depending on the industry, employers may seek applicants with a background in equipment operation, trades, business administration, marketing, engineering, computer science, pharmacy, or agriculture. Computer skills are often required.
Universities, colleges, and technical institutes throughout Alberta offer suitable programs. Entrance requirements vary depending on the program and the school.
Employers often offer product-specific, in-house training programs for sales reps. These may range in length from a few weeks to several months. They may be offered at head office or other locations.
Sales reps must keep up with technological changes affecting their customers’ companies.
The following schools offer programs or courses that are related to this occupation but are not required to enter the field.
Southern Alberta Institute of Technology
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