Telemarketers contact individuals and in some cases businesses by telephone for the purpose of promoting taking orders and selling goods and services or in some instances for gathering information that will be useful for marketing. Some telemarketers make calls for the purpose of requesting donations to various charities. When those who are called show an interest telemarketers provide pricing information and may actually take orders for products but the specifics of the job depend on who has hired them. Most telemarketers make their calls from central call centers. The website says that qualifications for telemarketing jobs depend on the employer and the product being sold. Some companies require a bachelor’s degree as well as sales experience but others focus more on past work experience than they do on formal education. However telemarketers must be knowledgeable about the products they are selling and they must have excellent communication skills. In addition they must be persistent and motivated. Those with a high rate of success in terms of sales can often earn more per hour and eventually be promoted to managerial positions. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics jobs in this field will grow at an average rate and will be concentrated more in small and independent companies rather than large manufacturers. The website says that on average telemarketers are paid an average of $10.50 an hour. However those with experience who have had success marketing high-priced items may earn as much as $18 an hour.

Education Required: High School Diploma
Avg Salary: $29640
High Salary: $37440
Low Salary: $21840
Tasks: Conducts sales calls.
Promotes items via telephone calls.
Receives phone orders.
Provides pricing details.
Also Called: Phone Marketer
Call Center Agent
Sales Specialist
Telephone Solicitor
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