General Merchandise Stores

OJT for General Merchandise Stores: NAICS 452

The General Merchandise Stores subsector is part of the Retail Trade sector.

The General Merchandise Stores subsector includes the following industries:

  • Department Stores
  • General Merchandise Stores, including Warehouse Clubs and Supercenters

Subsector Context

The following chart breaks down the parent sector into its subsectors. It shows the percentage of people that these subsectors employ, relative to the entire sector, and the projected growth of these subsectors through 2026.

Largest Occupations

The following table shows the top 10 projected occupations, in size, for this subsector through 2026. It also shows the educational requirements and OJT requirements for these top-sized occupations. The OJT.com training directory provides a listing of the state-by-state training providers that can fulfill your on-the-job training requirements.

Largest Occupations in Subsector, Projected for 2026

Occupation 2026 Projected Employment (in thousands) 2026 Projected Percent of Subsector Percent Employment Change (2016-2026) Education Requirements OJT Requirements
Retail salespersons 888.3 27.3 2.9 No formal educational credential Short-term on-the-job training
Cashiers 650.0 20.0 -4.1 No formal educational credential Short-term on-the-job training
Stock clerks and order fillers 560.5 17.2 4.9 No formal educational credential Short-term on-the-job training
First-line supervisors of retail sales workers 248.5 7.6 8.6 High school diploma or equivalent None
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 104.3 3.2 1.1 No formal educational credential Short-term on-the-job training
First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers 86.3 2.6 9.9 High school diploma or equivalent None
Customer service representatives 72.8 2.2 1.4 High school diploma or equivalent Short-term on-the-job training
Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 59.4 1.8 12.4 No formal educational credential Short-term on-the-job training
Pharmacy technicians 45.5 1.4 8.6 High school diploma or equivalent Moderate-term on-the-job training
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 37.1 1.1 3.5 No formal educational credential Short-term on-the-job training

Growth Occupations

The following table shows the top 10 projected occupations, in growth, for this subsector through 2026. It also shows the educational requirements and OJT requirements for these top-growth occupations. The OJT.com training directory provides a listing of the state-by-state training providers that can fulfill your on-the-job training requirements.

Highest Growth Occupations in Subsector, Projected thru 2026

Occupation 2026 Projected Employment (in thousands) 2026 Projected Percent of Subsector Percent Employment Change (2016-2026) Education Requirements OJT Requirements
Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 13.8 0.4 21.0 No formal educational credential Short-term on-the-job training
Financial managers 0.1 0.0 19.3 Bachelor’s degree None
Hearing aid specialists 1.8 0.1 16.8 High school diploma or equivalent None
Meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers 1.1 0.0 16.8 No formal educational credential Short-term on-the-job training
Helpers–production workers 0.4 0.0 16.8 No formal educational credential Short-term on-the-job training
Food batchmakers 0.2 0.0 16.8 High school diploma or equivalent Moderate-term on-the-job training
Parts salespersons 0.1 0.0 16.8 No formal educational credential Moderate-term on-the-job training
Packers and packagers, hand 33.5 1.0 16.7 No formal educational credential Short-term on-the-job training
Butchers and meat cutters 9.2 0.3 16.7 No formal educational credential Long-term on-the-job training
Tire repairers and changers 7.6 0.2 16.7 High school diploma or equivalent Short-term on-the-job training

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