We surveyed 20,075 retail managers to better understand the work environment and required skills of a typical retail manager. Here are the results.

How much intelligence is required as a retail manager?

Low

High

Working as a retail manager typically doesn’t require the use of high levels of intelligence in daily tasks.

Can I learn to become a retail manager?

Intrinsic Talent

Acquired Talent

A career as a retail manager typically depends predominantly on qualities you can gain through experience, with a small aspect of skills you are born with.

Is it easy to get a job as a retail manager?

Easy

Hard

It’s typically not very difficult to find a job as a retail manager. If you’re curious about the numbers, check out the job market for retail managers.

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Do retail managers work full-time or part-time?

87% of retail managers work in full-time roles while 13% work part-time.

Is being a retail manager stressful?

Low

High

Stress is very commonplace for retail managers, contributing negatively towards career satisfaction.

Is being organized important as a retail manager?

Low

High

Organization is considered a very important trait for retail managers, and is critical to success in the field.

How competitive is the workplace for retail managers?

Low

High

Retail managers see mild competition in their workplace.

Does being a retail manager require frequent time pressure to complete tasks?

Low

High

Retail managers will see frequent time pressure on the job, likely contributing to an occasionally stressful work environment.

Are retail managers allowed to express themselves creatively?

Low

High

Retail managers rarely get a chance to express themselves creatively.

Do retail managers have control over the direction of their work?

Low

High

While sometimes the direction is set, occasionally retail managers will have some flexibility over the direction of their work.

Is being a retail manager physically demanding?

Low

High

Being a retail manager may occasionally require demanding physical activity, which may make it not a suitable career choice for everyone.

Are retail managers exposed to a wide variety of work?

Low

High

The workload of a retail manager changes frequently, with their day-to-day rarely being the same.

Does being a retail manager require attention to detail?

Low

High

As in many careers, attention to detail is quite helpful for retail managers.

Does being a good retail manager require compassion and empathy?

Low

High

Strong compassion and empathy are critical to success as a retail manager.