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Career and Education Opportunities for Product Demonstrators in San Jose, California

There is a wide variety of career and education opportunities for product demonstrators in the San Jose, California area. There are currently 14,100 working product demonstrators in California; this should grow by 18% to 16,600 working product demonstrators in the state by 2016. This is better than the national trend for product demonstrators, which sees this job pool growing by about 7.1% over the next eight years. In general, product demonstrators demonstrate merchandise and answer questions for the purpose of creating public interest in buying the product.

Product demonstrators earn about $11 hourly or $23,660 annually on average in California and about $11 hourly or $23,260 yearly on average nationally. Incomes for product demonstrators are not quite as good as in the overall category of Sales and Clerical in California, and not quite as good as the overall Sales and Clerical category nationally.

The San Jose area is home to fifty-nine schools of higher education, including six within twenty-five miles of San Jose where you can get a degree as a product demonstrator. The most common level of education for product demonstrators is a high school diploma or GED. You can expect to spend only a short time training to become a product demonstrator if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Product Demonstrator

Product Demonstrator video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, product demonstrators demonstrate merchandise and answer questions for the purpose of creating public interest in buying the product. They also may sell demonstrated merchandise.

Product demonstrators furnish product samples and other incentives to convince people to buy products. They also record and report demonstration-related data such as the quantity of questions asked by the audience and the quantity of coupons distributed. Equally important, product demonstrators have to demonstrate and explain products, methods, or services so as to persuade clients to acquire products or utilize services. They are often called upon to suggest specific product purchases to meet clients' needs. They are expected to identify interested and qualified clients in order to furnish them with additional data. Finally, product demonstrators make ready and alter presentation contents to target specific audiences.

Every day, product demonstrators are expected to be able to speak clearly. They need to articulate ideas and problems. It is also important that they listen to and understand others in meetings.

It is important for product demonstrators to sell products being promoted, and keep records of sales. They are often called upon to work as part of a team of demonstrators to deal with large crowds. They also practice demonstrations to insure that they will run smoothly. They are sometimes expected to visit trade shows and other venues to exhibit products or services, and to respond to questions from potential clients. Somewhat less frequently, product demonstrators are also expected to train demonstrators to present a company's products or services.

Product demonstrators sometimes are asked to transport and disassemble materials used in presentations. They also have to be able to contact businesses and civic establishments to organize to exhibit and sell product And finally, they sometimes have to instruct clients in modification of products.

Like many other jobs, product demonstrators must be reliable and believe in cooperation and coordination.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in San Jose include:

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  • Cashier. Receive and disburse money in establishments other than financial institutions. Usually involves use of electronic scanners, cash registers, or related equipment. Often involved in processing credit or debit card transactions and validating checks.
  • Insurance Agent. Sell life, property, or other types of insurance. May refer clients to independent brokers, work as independent broker, or be employed by an insurance company.
  • Retail Sales Manager. Directly supervise sales workers in a retail establishment or department. Duties may include management functions, such as purchasing, budgeting, and personnel work, in addition to supervisory duties.
  • Retail Salesman. Sell merchandise, such as furniture, motor vehicles, or apparel in a retail establishment.
  • Sales Team Manager. Directly supervise and coordinate activities of sales workers other than retail sales workers. May perform duties, such as budgeting, accounting, and personnel work, in addition to supervisory duties.
  • Technical Service Representative. Sell goods for wholesalers or manufacturers where technical or scientific knowledge is required in such areas as biology, engineering, and electronics, normally obtained from at least 2 years of post-secondary education.
  • Telemarketer. Solicit orders for goods or services over the telephone.
  • Wholesale and Manufacturing Sales Representative. Sell goods for wholesalers or manufacturers to businesses or groups of individuals. Work requires substantial knowledge of items sold.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Product Demonstrator Training

Las Positas College - Livermore, CA

Las Positas College, 3033 Collier Cyn Rd, Livermore, CA 94551-7650. Las Positas College is a medium sized college located in Livermore, California. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 8,098 students. Las Positas College has a two to four year program in Retailing and Retail Operations.

College of San Mateo - San Mateo, CA

College of San Mateo, 1700 W Hillsdale Blvd, San Mateo, CA 94402-3784. College of San Mateo is a large college located in San Mateo, California. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 11,215 students. College of San Mateo has less than one year, associate's degree, and two to four year programs in Retailing and Retail Operations which graduated four, zero, and zero students respectively in 2008.

Canada College - Redwood City, CA

Canada College, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Redwood City, CA 94061-1099. Canada College is a medium sized college located in Redwood City, California. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 5,775 students. Canada College has an associate's degree and a two to four year program in Retailing and Retail Operations which graduated one and zero students respectively in 2008.

Chabot College - Hayward, CA

Chabot College, 25555 Hesperian Blvd, Hayward, CA 94545. Chabot College is a large college located in Hayward, California. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 14,299 students. Chabot College has a less than one year and a two to four year program in Retailing and Retail Operations which graduated eight and zero students respectively in 2008.

Evergreen Valley College - San Jose, CA

Evergreen Valley College, 3095 Yerba Buena Rd, San Jose, CA 95135-1598. Evergreen Valley College is a large college located in San Jose, California. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 9,621 students. Evergreen Valley College has an associate's degree and a two to four year program in Retailing and Retail Operations.

West Valley College - Saratoga, CA

West Valley College, 14000 Fruitvale Ave, Saratoga, CA 95070-5698. West Valley College is a large college located in Saratoga, California. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 10,585 students. West Valley College has a less than one year and a two to four year program in Retailing and Retail Operations which graduated two and zero students respectively in 2008.

LOCATION INFORMATION: San Jose, California

San Jose, California
San Jose, California photo by Leslie

San Jose is situated in Santa Clara County, California. It has a population of over 948,279, which has grown by 6.0% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in San Jose, 163, is far greater than the national average. New single-family homes in San Jose are priced at $163,800 on average, which is far less than the state average. In 2008, two hundred fourteen new homes were built in San Jose, down from three hundred twenty-five the previous year.

The three big industries for women in San Jose are health care, educational services, and professional, scientific, and technical services. For men, it is computer and electronic products, construction, and professional, scientific, and technical services. The average travel time to work is about 28 minutes. More than 31.6% of San Jose residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 10.7%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in San Jose is 13.2%, which is greater than California's average of 12.3%.

The percentage of San Jose residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 43.2%, is less than both the national and state average. Almaden Hill United Methodist Church, Almaden Valley United Methodist Church and Kingdom Hall of Jehovahs Witnesses are some of the churches located in San Jose. The most prominent religious groups are the Catholic Church, the LDS (Mormon) Church and the Muslim Estimate.

San Jose is home to the Evergreen Ranch and the Rosegarden Branch San Jose Public Library as well as Almaden Winery Park and Albertson Park. Shopping malls in the area include Almaden Plaza Shopping Center, Almaden Via Valiente Plaza Shopping Center and Foxworthy Shopping Center. Visitors to San Jose can choose from Atrium Gardens, Best Western Airport Plaza and Best Western Inn Airport Plaza for temporary stays in the area.