graph of increasing sales Other occupations that pay well and have a good share of former low-wage workers in their ranks are advertising and real estate. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Sales occupations are one of the best pathways out of the rut of a low-wage job, says a new study.

Only about one in 20 people in low-paying jobs manages to move into higher-paying jobs within the next year, the study finds. Of those that do, many land in various kinds of sales work, including insurance sales, wholesale and manufacturing sales, and financial sales.

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