A Viable Job
Life can be very challenging for a single male living in New York City and trying to
make ends meet. The cost of rent, food and clothing are always a concern. Having only a high
school diploma and a few years working does experience, certainly not put one in a position for
the best paying jobs. Compounding matters is the lack of financial reward, if one does not have
higher education. Ostensibly, it appears difficult to survive under these circumstances; however,
challenging as it appears one has to try. One such option is to find gainful employment that
will satisfy some or all of one’s basic need; a viable job fits this bill perfectly. Working as a
retail sales clerk is a viable occupation for a male with no dependents. Such a job pays living
wage, is fairly available and requires only basic education and qualification.
A male working full time as a retail sales clerk earns living wage. Earning living wage
simply means she is able to afford her basic needs: housing, food, health care, utilities and
transportation. Surely, this is the reason one works, to be able to provide for oneself. According
Minimum wage is the lowest rate employees may legally pay for an hour of labor (Merriam, 741). The United States has a minimum wage law to guarantee minimum hourly wages and to prevent the exploitation of workers and provide unskilled and part-time workers with a wage floor. People have argues that the minimum wage has become less of a safety net for primary earners in poor families than a floor ...
to the New York Department of Labor, an experienced retail sales clerk earns $29,900 annually.
This refers to the gross earnings or salary before taxes. Based on this person’s status, single with
no dependents , she earns a net salary of approximately $2,000 monthly. Thirty five percent of
his monthly net earnings is absorbed in rent. This is the going rate that a single man pays for
a one bedroom apartment in the average New York Community. Next on the ladder is food,
which consumes about twenty five percent of his wage. The ever increasing cost of food does
not enable one who earns living wage to eat gourmet style. Most of his grocery is definitely
generic, no brand names. All the other expenses, including transportation, account for another
thirty five percent of his salary. His means of traveling is via public buses and trains, because it
is infinitely cheaper than maintaining a car. He does not have to think about buying car
insurance and paying for gas. After subtracting all his expenses, a small discretionary income
of five percent is left. Living wage, by no means, affords one a luxurious life style but it allows
one to get by.
In New York, the chances are fairly favorable for a male getting a job as a retail sales
clerk. Although it is a honest way to make a living, being a sales clerk is not very appealing to
everyone who is qualified for the job. There is little or no scope for upward mobility. If one
wanted to move up the ladder, one would have to go back to school and become more qualified
for better positions. Some of the people who are already employed in this capacity don’t
usually make a career of it, because the salary and benefits are not satisfactory to them.
They only stay in these jobs temporarily then move on to more fruitful endeavors.
The availability of retail sales clerk jobs will continue to be fairly high because employers
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don’t necessarily offer attractive salaries and benefits.
Being employed as a retail sales clerk requires minimal education and qualifications. A
high school diploma and little or no retail experience is sufficient. If one has no experience,
oftentimes on the job training is provided. If one does have experience then that dictates an
increased salary compared to that of the inexperience clerk. Sometimes, there are clerks working
in retail who do not have a high school diploma. It is a requirement, but some employers are so
eager to get clerks to work they exercise leniency and encourage them to get their diplomas while
working. The requirements are commensurate with the job; minimum requirement is sought for
very little reward.
Although retail sales clerk is a viable job it is not a long term career. Yes, it pays the bills. Yes, it is fairly available and requires minimal education, but one cannot truly live a
comfortable lifestyle working in this field. The lack of higher education plays a vital role in
The quality of life one will lead as an adult. Most people want to live comfortably rather than
merely getting by. Being educated helps to lessen the struggle by allowing one to choose a more
fulfilling career, so as not to settle for mediocre jobs just to pay the bills. If you are able to
remain in school and complete your college education, work hard and make those years fruitful.
The real world awaits you and it is not always nice, even when you are educated.