10 years ago
January 7, 2015

Guide to Top Sales Careers

The top sales careers come with big challenges and considerable earning potential. Each has its own unique traits and requirements that may not appe

Rhys Metler

Sales CareersThe top sales careers come with big challenges and considerable earning potential.  Each has its own unique traits and requirements that may not appeal to every candidate but will have great benefit to those that find a fit.  You can expect a good deal of competition for the best sales jobs and great rewards for top-level performance.  

Software Sales

Top sales careers in software can be obtained by not only seasoned sales professionals but also those with technical backgrounds.  Selling software requires an aggressive attitude along with a consultative approach, which equates to working with clients to achieve the best possible solutions to their software issues.  You can expect a reasonable base salary with ample opportunity for commissions/bonuses for top performers.  

Telecommunication Sales

Selling telecommunications products and services includes network or security services, business cable, telephony and internet, and other network associated products.  The customer base is solid and growing so top sales careers in telecom are out there for the taking.  Travel tends to be limited and the nature of long-term clientele makes for a less stressful environment.  

Consulting Sales

This is an area where prospecting is key but the payoffs match the challenge.  The customer base includes any business that seeks improvement in their performance so you’ll never be bored.  An accounting or business degree will help but is not always necessary for entry into the consulting world’s top sales careers.  

Medical Device Sales

If you are at home chatting with medical personnel and have the aptitude for cold calling and relationship development the top sales careers in medical devices may be for you.  A degree in a medical or science related field is usually required along with some sales acumen.  You can expect a reasonable salary and an aggressive bonus structure but, be aware, medical device sales comes with a highly competitive environment.  Top performers are among the top earners in any sales profession.  

Digital Media Sales

Digital media has exploded in the past 10 years and will continue to grow substantially throughout the foreseeable future.  Top sales careers in digital media may include traditional advertising as well so experience in B2B sales along with packaging services can help your resume.  Turning customers on to you company’s banners, buttons, and search engine optimization services will pay off well as the commissions tend to be uncapped and the potential earnings through the roof.  

Real Estate Sales

One of the most recognizable sales positions, real estate sales is easy to enter but often difficult to excel at.  Taking a realtors class and passing an exam is typically all you’ll need to get started.  The competition is stiff but the income potential is limitless.  Individuals with good people skills and a relentless attitude find real estate’s top sales careers most appealing.

Rhys Metler

Rhys is a tenacious, top performing Senior Sales Recruiter with 15+ years of focused experience in the Digital Media, Mobile, Software, Technology and B2B verticals. He has a successful track record of headhunting top performing sales candidates for some of the most exciting brands in North America. He is a Certified Recruitment Specialist (CRS) and has expert experience in prospecting new business, client retention/renewals and managing top performing sales and recruitment teams. Rhys enjoys spending quality time with his wife, son, and daughters, BBQing on a hot summer day and tropical vacations.