Technical Sales Specialists 

Technical sales specialists promote sales to existing clients, and identify / solicit potential clients, assess the needs / resources of clients and recommend appropriate goods / services, provide input into product design where goods / services must meet clients' specific needs, develop reports / proposals and deliver presentations, and troubleshoot technical problems.

Work: Technical sales specialists may train customers' staff in the operation / maintenance of equipment, estimate costs of installation / maintenance of equipment / service, conduct sales through Internet-based electronic commerce, prepare and administer sales contracts, and specialize in selling scientific / industrial products, telecommunication / computer services, and other particular products / services.

Title Examples: Sales engineer, Technical sales representative, Technical salesperson, Technical service sales consultant

Useful Secondary School subjects: Marketing, A second language, Business, Computer-related courses, English, Math

Degrees associated with this career: Diploma, Bachelor

Requirements: To be a technical specialist, you need a university degree or college diploma in a program related to the product / service being sold. You may need experience in sales or in a technical occupation related to the product / service being sold. You may need fluency in a specific foreign language and foreign work or travel experience to obtain employment with a company that imports / exports technical goods / services. To be a technical sales supervisor, you need experience as a technical sales specialist. With additional training or experience, you may move up the ranks to become a sales manager. Most recent entrants have an undergraduate university degree.

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