|Quick Facts: Sales Engineers|
|2010 Median Pay||
$87,390 per year
$42.01 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||Bachelor’s degree|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|On-the-job Training||Moderate-term on-the-job training|
|Number of Jobs, 2010||66,400|
|Job Outlook, 2010-20||14% (About as fast as average)|
|Employment Change, 2010-20||9,500|
Sales engineers sell complex scientific and technological products or services to businesses. They must have extensive knowledge of the products’ parts and functions and must understand the scientific processes that make these products work.
Sales engineers often work under stressful conditions because their income and job security depend on successfully completing sales. Some sales engineers may work long and irregular hours to meet sales goals and client needs.
Sales engineers typically need a bachelor’s degree in engineering or a related field. Successful sales engineers combine technical knowledge of the products or services they are selling with strong interpersonal skills.
The median annual wage of sales engineers was $87,390 in May 2010.
Employment of sales engineers is expected to grow by 14 percent from 2010 to 2020, as fast as the average for all occupations. As a wider range of technologically sophisticated products comes on the market, sales engineers will be in demand to sell these products or services related to these products.
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