But there are a few sales professions that consistently rank high in the income category. These positions also include a long list of professionals who didn't make the grade, lost money or are earning average incomes. The difference, as always, is the person in the position. Again, any sales position can be a top earning position if the sales professional is talented, dedicated and motivated.
Independent Sales Professionals do not enjoy the luxury of a salary or company sponsored benefits but do enjoy incredible freedom and flexibility. Suited for the entrepreneurial type, independent sales jobs required discipline, dedication, self-motivation and a hunger for success.
For those that have the intestinal fortitude to "go it on their own," no other sales profession can pay as highly as can be earned by independent sales professionals.
It is not uncommon to find that a CEO started his career in sales and moved up through the corporate ranks moving from one sales position to another. Most all VP of Sales positioned are filled with sales-minded people.
Even some CFO and CIO positions (Chief Financial Officer and Chief Information Officer)are held by sales professionals. The lessons learned by a successful sales rep translate across all areas of a corporation. Having a sales-focused executive with a key to the executive bathroom helps ensure that the company keeps a focus to customer satisfaction, an eye on competition and a "sales-rep friendly" work environment.
The position names vary from stock broker to financial adviser but all share the same common objective: Make money for themselves by making money for others.
While Financial Services Sales Professionals can find employment in many places including banks, credit unions or brokerage houses, the top paying professionals are either independent reps or hold senior level positions with global financial services corporations.
Luxury Item Sales is not something that the average job hunter simply applies for, goes through a few interviews before accepting the position. Professionals in this space are chosen, recruited and "wined and dined" based on their reputation in sales. When a multimillion dollar sales opportunity is at stake, only the absolute best need apply.