Wholesale Trade

OJT for Wholesale Trade (NAICS 42)

The Wholesale Trade sector is part of the Trade, Transportation, and Utilities supersector.

The Wholesale Trade sector includes the following industry groups:

  • Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods: NAICS 423
    • Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
    • Furniture and Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers
    • Lumber and Other Construction Materials Merchant Wholesalers
    • Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
    • Metal and Mineral (except Petroleum) Merchant Wholesalers
    • Household Appliances and Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers
    • Hardware, and Plumbing and Heating Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
    • Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
    • Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers
  • Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods: NAICS 424
    • Paper and Paper Product Merchant Wholesalers
    • Drugs and Druggists’ Sundries Merchant Wholesalers
    • Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers
    • Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers
    • Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers
    • Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers
    • Petroleum and Petroleum Products Merchant Wholesalers
    • Beer, Wine, and Distilled Alcoholic Beverage Merchant Wholesalers
    • Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers
  • Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers: NAICS 425
    • Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers

The following chart shows the percentage of people that this sector employs, relative to all the other industrial sectors, and the projected growth of this sector through 2024.

The following table shows the top 10 projected occupations, in size, for this sector through 2024. 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 Sector, Projected for 2024

Occupation 2024 Projected Employment (in thousands) 2024 Projected Percent of Sector Percent Employment Change (2014-2024) Education Requirements OJT Requirements
Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 1059.4 17.2 9.1 High school diploma or equivalent Moderate-term on-the-job training
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 416.4 6.8 6.5 No formal educational credential Short-term on-the-job training
Customer service representatives 223.7 3.6 6.1 High school diploma or equivalent Short-term on-the-job training
Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers 216.3 3.5 5.2 Postsecondary nondegree award Short-term on-the-job training
Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 211.3 3.4 6.6 Bachelor’s degree Moderate-term on-the-job training
Stock clerks and order fillers 209.4 3.4 4.5 No formal educational credential Short-term on-the-job training
General and operations managers 201.4 3.3 6.5 11-1021 11-1021
Office clerks, general 191.9 3.1 2.4 High school diploma or equivalent Short-term on-the-job training
Light truck or delivery services drivers 165 2.7 4.5 High school diploma or equivalent Short-term on-the-job training
Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 161.7 2.6 -0.2 High school diploma or equivalent Short-term on-the-job training

The following table shows the top 10 projected occupations, in growth, for this sector through 2024. 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 Sector, Projected thru 2024

Occupation 2024 Projected Employment (in thousands) 2024 Projected Percent of Sector Percent Employment Change (2014-2024) Education Requirements OJT Requirements
Interpreters and translators 0.1 0 32.9 Bachelor’s degree Short-term on-the-job training
Logging equipment operators 0.1 0 32.8 High school diploma or equivalent Moderate-term on-the-job training
Foresters 0.2 0 25.5 Bachelor’s degree None
Real estate brokers 0.4 0 25.4 High school diploma or equivalent None
Computer-controlled machine tool operators, metal and plastic 0.5 0 25.2 High school diploma or equivalent Moderate-term on-the-job training
Statisticians 0.3 0 25.2 Master’s degree None
Operations research analysts 2.2 0 25 Bachelor’s degree None
Computer numerically controlled machine tool programmers, metal and plastic 0.4 0 24.9 High school diploma or equivalent Long-term on-the-job training
Industrial machinery mechanics 43 0.7 24.1 High school diploma or equivalent Long-term on-the-job training
Security and fire alarm systems installers 4.5 0.1 23.5 High school diploma or equivalent Moderate-term on-the-job training

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