Employment Information

Students with Merchandising Management degrees pursue careers in in management, merchandising, inventory control, sales promotion, public relations, or human resources. This field offers a wide variety of career opportunities with retailers, manufacturers, marketing research firms and product information services. In a global, diverse, and fast paced, competitive environment, merchandisers are involved in market analysis, product planning, sourcing, procurement, pricing, distribution and visual presentation of apparel and textile products to satisfy consumer needs.

Skills Needed For Career Field

  • Communication Skills
  • Customer Service Skills
  • Knowledge of Sales Market
  • Negotiation Skills
  • Judgment & Decision Making
  • Time Management
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Complex Problem Solving

Possible Careers

Retail Manager Area Sales Manager  Store Manager
Buyer/Merchandiser Merchandise Planner/Distributor Sourcing Coordinator
Fashion Events Coordinator Visual Merchandiser Product Developer
Product Quality Assurance Analyst Human Resources Specialist Market Trend Analyst
Market Research Director  Sales Representative Operations Manager
Fashion Editor Retail Entrepreneur

Where Graduates Are Working

  • Adidas
  • Buckle
  • Columbia Sportswear
  • Eddie Bauer
  • Fred Meyer
  • Free People
  • Jantzen/Perry Ellis
  • Kohl's
  • Lucky Brand Jeans
  • Macy’s
  • Nike
  • Nordstrom
  • Norm Thompson Outfitters
  • The North Face
  • Old Navy
  • Paige Denim
  • Ralph Lauren
  • Target

Additional Resources

O*Net