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 additional 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 for sales engineers was $97,650 in May 2015.
Employment of sales engineers is projected to grow 7 percent from 2014 to 2024, about 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 and services related to these products.
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