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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Career Options

Hi friends, I hope you all are enjoying your summer, because it's definitely zooming by! Today, I wanted to create a small list of careers that Retail Merchandising majors typically have an interest in. Keep in mind that the career descriptions that I list below are only overviews and that they will vary depending on the company that you work for. So without further adieu, here are three interesting career options to look into.

Buyer - A buyer is an individual who is responsible for selecting products that will be sold within a particular retail market. A buyer must be very aware of trends, but more importantly the consumer of that particular retailer that they are buying for. They must know what that target consumer is seeking and desiring product-wise so that they can provide them with the correct product.

Product Development Manager/Coordinator- A simple description of this job is the designing and developing of new products or improvement of existing ones. Product development requires being aware of what is missing within a consumer market and developing a product, or way, of fixing the void.

Visual Merchandiser- This job requires creativity, a visual merchandiser designs and develops store layouts and displays to promote sales within a store. They not only look at what is appealing for customers while shopping, but also what will be most convenient and inviting.

Obviously, there are MANY more career options than just these three, but these will definitely give you a place to start researching!

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Sashka- Retail Merchandising