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Automotive Dealership Sales Managers

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Employment for sales managers is expected to grow by 4 percent, about as fast as the average for all careers, through 2029, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. One recent speed bump to employment growth, however, has been the coronavirus pandemic, which disrupted most industries and businesses around the world. Automotive manufacturers experienced shutdowns during the first half of 2020, which reduced the supply of new vehicles. Car dealerships also experienced business lock-downs and many have laid off employees due to reduced demand for vehicles. Overall, up until the pandemic, dealership employment had been steady for several years, according to the National Automobile Dealership Association. On a positive note, however, NADA predicts that the industry will rebound in the coming years, with more dealerships selling vehicles and offering vehicle services online. In addition, car sales have recently started to rise again, due to people seeking ways to safely travel while avoiding public transportation. Whether online vehicle purchases will be a trend that sticks around post pandemic is yet to be determined. Either way, dealerships will continue to need sales managers to oversee sales teams and meet car sales goals for dealership owners.

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