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Business sales executives

£18,200 Average salary at age 20
£37,440 Average Salary
37 Average hours per week


Business sales executives provide advice to existing and potential customers, and receive orders for specialist machinery, equipment, materials and other products or services that require technical knowledge.

Main Tasks

  • Discusses customer requirements and advises them on the capabilities and limitations of the goods or services being sold;
  • Quotes prices, credit details, delivery dates and payment arrangements and arranges for delivery and installation of goods if appropriate;
  • Makes follow up visits to ensure customer satisfaction and to obtain further orders;
  • Stays abreast of advances in product/field and suggests possible improvements to product or service;
  • Maintains records and accounts of sales made and handles customer complaints.


There are no formal academic requirements, although entrants usually possess academic qualifications and/or relevant experience in a particular profession or speciality. Training is usually on-the-job. Professional qualifications and NVQs/ SVQs at Levels 2 and 3 are available.

What Business sales executives studied in higher education

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What Business sales executives studied in higher education
Occupation Percentage Value
(C9) Others in biological sciences1
(L7) Human & social geography1
(G1) Mathematics1
(W2) Design studies3
(L3) Sociology2
(C1) Biology2
(H3) Mechanical engineering2
(F1) Chemistry1
(C8) Psychology3
(V3) History by topic1
(F7) Science of aquatic & terrestrial environments1
(W3) Music1
(F8) Physical geographical sciences1
(D4) Agriculture1
(R9) Others in European languages, literature & related subjects1
(W6) Cinematics & photography1
(C7) Molecular biology, biophysics & biochemistry1
(Q3) English studies3
(L2) Politics2
(R4) Spanish studies1
(R1) French studies1
(N5) Marketing5
(W4) Drama1
(M1) Law by area1
(M2) Law by topic1
(I2) Information systems1
(N8) Hospitality, leisure, sport, tourism & transport4
(P2) Publicity studies1
(B9) Others in subjects allied to medicine1
(B1) Anatomy, physiology & pathology1
(P5) Journalism1
(L1) Economics3
(N1) Business studies16
(X3) Academic studies in education1
(N4) Accounting1
(C6) Sport & exercise science4
(P3) Media studies2
(N2) Management studies6
(V1) History by period3
(N3) Finance1
(H6) Electronic & electrical engineering1
(I1) Computer science1

UK Prospects

167600 Workforce Size
3.94% Predicted growth 2023 - 2027
23622 Predicted Replacement 2023 - 2027

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