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Career Outlook for Industrial Distribution is Bright

Industrial distribution employs more than 3.3 million people in every state and province across the United States and Canada.

These jobs offer interesting challenges, good pay, good working conditions and great career paths. And more than 1 million of those working in industrial distribution hold positions in business-to-business sales—providing solutions, building relationships, offering products and valuable services to industrial customers.
In the next five years, 180,000 new jobs will be created each year in technical and non-technical sales positions. However, there is a great shortage of skilled workers, and there are currently not enough people to fill these jobs.
The graph demonstrates the number of jobs available in each occupation. North America is in need of more industrial distributors than insurance agents.
Industrial distribution needs bright young workers to fill their open positions.


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Resources For Educators

Industrial Distribution Sales and Customer Service Learning Objectives Matrix
What skills and abilities will my students need to find a job in industrial distribution?

Elements of Industrial Distribution Online Course
A three credit hour, four module online course covering the fundamentals of industrial distribution.

Industrial Distribution Employer Database
Connect your students with local industrial distributors for possible internships or informational interviews.

Resources For Parents

What is Industrial Distribution?
Industrial distributors provide products and solutions to manufacturers and other companies.  Learn more about the industry and the rewarding careers available to young adults.

ICP Job Board
Industrial distributors are hiring! Check out the current jobs available and encourage young adults to post their resumes.

What's the Outlook for Industrial Distribution Careers?
Hundreds of thousands of new jobs will be created in industrial distribution in the next five years.

Alliance Partners

  • ASA
  • ISA
  • NAED
  • NIBA
  • PTDA