Agriproduct Sales Representative Career Profile
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21 June 2023
What is an Agriproduct sales representative?
An Agriproduct sales representative is a person who helps a company sell its agricultural based products (or agriproducts) to interested buyers, Buyers may be individual farms, or large retail businesses that stock products, such as a farming cooperative, farming retailers or farmers markets.
An Agriproduct is a product used in farming and agriculture. It may include:
- Feed for livestock
The career may also be known as:
- Sales Agent
The Agriproduct Sales Representative career can be found within the following OZT career categories:
- Farming and Livestock Management
What does an Agriproduct Sales Representative do?
Groups of animals an Agriproduct Sales Representative works with
What is the level of Interaction with the Animals?
Sales Reps rarely work directly with the animals, but they must have significant knowledge of the animals to try and sell the products to potential buyers.
What does a Agriproduct Sales Representative focus on?
The primary focus of Agriproduct sales representatives is to sell agricultural products. These products can be for animals (livestock), or even be products derived from animals (such as fertilizers). They tend to travel from the manufacturer to potential buyers to find out whether the buyer would be interested in buying the products.
Sales Representatives usually, but not necessarily always, sell products to retailers. The retailers will then sell the products to the farmer or public.
With who does an Agriproduct Sales Representative work?
Agriproduct Sales Representatives will need to interact with other people while doing their daily tasks. The people might include fellow staff members or the public.
Fellow staff might include:
- Operational staff, such as Human Resources, Finance and Maintenance
What are the daily tasks of an Agriproduct Sales Representative?
- Discuss brief with manufacturers
- Develop a sales plan
- Prepare daily route to sell or re-stock
- Feedback to manufacturers
- Administration and filing
Work conditions of an Agriproduct Sales Representative
Where does an Agriproduct Sales Representative work?
Agriproduct sales representatives work equal parts outdoors and indoors, driving to new prospects, or selling products. They will also do their daily administration within an office setup.
Places of Employment –
Agriproduct sales representatives may be employed by product manufacturers, whether they be large factories, or individuals producing handmade products. Some reps may work freelance, and sell per contract.
What is the average annual salary of a Agriproduct Sales Representative
Sales reps may have monthly salaries, and in some cases also a percentage commission on the total sales for the month. On average the income per year is around $55,000. This will differ from country to country.
Can a Agriproduct Sales Representative be promoted?
Promotion to senior levels is available in most animal careers. The levels of each promotion might differ from organization to organization, but generally are the following:
Intern -> Junior Sales Rep -> Senior Sales Rep -> Manager
What kind of difficulties can an Agriproduct Sales Representative face?
The most difficult part is always to work with difficult customers. They may also work long hours and over weekends and holidays to reach targets. They may also need to travel extensively.
Future growth and Possibilities
As the agriproduct industry is growing significantly, so will the market for sales reps.
Availability of Jobs
Which Skills are required by an Agriproduct Sales Representative?
The skills required for a career as an Agriproduct sales representative can be divided into two very important groups. The first is the group containing life skills, which are the core skills that are necessary or desirable for full participation in everyday life. The second group is career skills, or the specific skills required to allow a person to enter and operate effectively within a specific career. Some or maybe even all of the life skills can assist in strengthening the career skills, and they might even be the same for specific careers.
- Critical thinking
- Creative thinking
- Decision making
- Problem Solving
- Effective communication
- Interpersonal relationship
- Good business knowledge
- Good customer service skills
- Good health and physical fitness
- Excellent computer literacy
Which Subjects must I have at School to help prepare for this career?
Business studies will be an excellent subject to have in High School to help you understand everything about a business, including sales.
The subjects you choose at school are important as they lay the foundation for further studies at college or university. While still at school, it’s also important to learn more about the animals you will work with, as well as gain some experience.
OZT has a list of various tertiary institutions where you can study further, after school. Each of these institutions also have their own Group page on OZT where you will find the exact subjects they require of you to have passed in school. Keep these requirements in mind, and discuss it with your school, guidance counselor and parents to ensure that you are prepared!
What will I need to Study to become an Agriproduct Sales Representative?
The minimum requirement to enter this career is a High School certificate, but most reps do study further towards a recognized College Diploma.
A good major in business, marketing or sales.
Short Courses –
There are thousands of good short courses in sales techniques. Courses on farming, livestock management and animal behaviour will add to the needed knowledge gain.
The duration of a College and Diploma can be up to 3 years. Short Courses are usually between a few weeks and a year.
Possible Career Preparation Paths
If this is your dream career that you want to pursue, then it’s important to plan the way forward.
Why is planning important?
To ensure that you understand the requirements for your career, and that you are always prepared for the next step on the road towards your dream. A Preparation Path is like your road map to where you want to be.
Possible Combined Career Paths
It is possible to sometimes combine two or more related careers. This normally happens when you study and practice a specific main career, but the knowledge and experience gained also help you to have a paying hobby or secondary income career.
Possible Alternatives (there are a lot more):
Stepping Stone Career
Being an agriproduct sales representative can also be used as a stepping stone career. A stepping stone career is one which is used to help you get to another career, normally because the other career is too difficult to reach (sometimes due to things like high fees etc).
You can begin as an intern rep after basic short courses and expert guidance (maybe working under a mentor). The money made can then be used to pay for studies towards a promotion or another career, and the experience helps in gaining knowledge. One paying to help get to the other.
Some of the possible paths:
Training and apprenticeship
Even though it is important to study to get into some of the animal careers, most of the skills you will need as a sales rep will be acquired through practice. This means that you will learn how to perform some of the daily tasks by actually doing it a few times and learning the steps.
In some cases entry level positions require training sessions even before you are allowed to actually perform your job duties. These sessions are offered by the place of employment, after you have successfully applied.
Apprenticeship is also possible where you need to learn skills from a more senior rep or expert.
Join the Agriproduct Sales Representatives Group in the OZT Community to learn more and even interact with the educational institutions that will help you secure your dream career!
Average level of education of all the people who enter the career
Licenses, Certificate, Registration and Professional Associations
Certain animal careers require some form of legal certification to prove that you can indeed do the work, and work with the necessary equipment.
Although not required by law, certifications may help workers establish their credentials and enhance their skills.
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Where can I study further?
All of the above information will help you understand more about the Career, including the fact that there are different paths to take to reach it. But if you are almost done with High School (Grades 11 or 12), you also need to start thinking about further studies, and WHERE you will study.
See the List of Universities, Colleges and Online Training Academies who offer courses towards sales.
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