Industry Overview

If you’re interested in selling products to customers, displaying goods for sale, or working in Retail operations then the Retail Trade industry could be the place for you to kick-start your career journey.

The Retail industry is huge and covers a diverse range of products including groceries, personal-care items, white goods , apparel and motor vehicles. These goods are purchased from domestic or overseas manufacturers and wholesalers to be onsold (retailed) to local customers.

There is more to the Retail trade than just selling products. A career in this industry could involve work in administration, customer service, employee relations, finance, inventory, loss prevention, merchandising or marketing. The supermarket and grocery category is the largest retail employer in Australia, followed by the pharmaceutical sector, so you could find your career starts right where you already do your own shopping!

The increased popularity of buying and selling products and services over the internet has led to a growth in online retailing or electronic commerce (e-commerce) businesses, creating new job opportunities in what is a very exciting segment of the industry.

Training & Qualifications

Training and study options for this industry include Apprenticeships and Traineeships (together with school-based options), VET and university pathways. There are also opportunities to build on your initial qualifications and work experience to gain advanced qualifications for supervisory or management roles. Entry level courses include:

  • Sales assistant or customer service representative - Certificate II in Retail Operations
  • Visual Merchandisers- Diploma of Visual Merchandise
  • Advertising and Sales Managers - Diploma of Advertising and/or Advanced Diploma of Advertising and/or Bachelor of Business
  • Bakers and Pastrycooks (Course options include) - Certificate III in Retail Baking (Bread), Certificate III in Retail Baking (Cake and Pastry), Certificate IV in Advanced Baking, Certificate IV in Patisserie


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Occupations In This Industry

Scholarships & Grad Programs

There are currently no scholarship and graduate programs available for this industry. But check the job stream below for job opportunities!

Job Stream

  • ICT Sale Representative

  • DirectIT
  • What’s in it for you? A generous base salary as well as a competitive commission structure; A vibrant and energetic culture with a high-performing team; Friday afternoons off if targets are hit; Opportunities to work offsite with some of our biggest clients; Potentially opportunities for career pathways into our partner companies.
  • SalesSales Representatives
  • Wed 22 May , 2019
  • $50,001 - $60,000
  • Ultimo, New South Wales
  • Fri 17 May , 2019
  • Deer Park, Victoria
  • Fri 10 May , 2019
  • Hawthorn, Victoria
  • Marketing

  • Zealous Tech
  • Looking for enthusiastic marketers and promoters for a new Vape Brand in Sydney. Commission based work + travel expenses paid for. $90-$150 per day.
  • SalesSales Representatives
  • Tue 7 May , 2019
  • Haymarket, New South Wales