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Retail/Merchandising

What can I do with this major?

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Area

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Buying/Purchasing

 
  • Product Development
  • Planning and Allocation
  • Discount stores
  • Mass merchants
  • Grocery stores
  • Specialty stores (e.g., clothing, home furnishings, jewelry, books, electronics, etc.)
  • Department stores
  • Grocery stores
  • Pharmacy retailers

Sales

 
  • Industrial
  • Wholesale
  • Direct Marketing
  • Consumer Product
  • Financial Services
  • Services
  • Advertising
  • E-commerce
  • Customer Service
  • Profit and non-profit organizations
  • Product and service organizations
  • Manufacturers
  • Financial companies
  • Insurance companies
  • Print and electronic media outlets
  • Software and technology companies
  • Retail stores

Management/Administration

 
  • Corporate
  • Regional
  • Store
  • Store Assistant
  • Store Department
  • Discount stores
  • Mass merchants
  • Grocery stores
  • Specialty stores
  • Dealerships
  • Department stores
  • Grocery stores
  • Pharmacy retailers

Human Resources

 
  • Recruiting/Staffing
  • Compensation
  • Benefits
  • Orientation/Training
  • Safety/Health
  • Employee Relations
  • Employee Services
  • Discount stores
  • Mass merchants
  • Grocery stores
  • Specialty stores
  • Department stores
  • Grocery stores
  • Pharmacy retailers

Small Business

 
  • Ownership
  • Independent Consulting
  • Self-employed
  • Companies that utilize independent consultants (e.g., Mary Kay Cosmetics, Tupperware)

Visual Merchandising

 
  • Department stores
  • Specialty stores

Non-Store Retailing

 
  • E-commerce
  • Direct Marketing
  • Catalog:
    • Sales, Management, Fulfillment/Distribution, Production
  • E-tail companies (e.g., Amazon.com, Dell.com)
  • Internet retailers (e.g., Spiegel, JC Penney)
  • Home shopping networks
  • Advertising agencies
  • Magazine, book and record companies
  • Internet marketing companies

General Information and Strategies

  • Obtain retail experience through summer jobs, part-time jobs or internships.
  • Computer knowledge is crucial. Become familiar with technology related to internet sales, distribution and inventory tracking.
  • Join student branches of professional retailing associations. Read their publications and attend their meetings.
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of trends in retail through newspapers and magazines.
  • Be prepared to work holidays and weekends, typically the busiest times for retailers.
  • Consider developing profi ciency in second or third languages to increase marketability.
  • Contact stores or markets of interest. Inquire about management training programs.
  • Most retailers promote from within the organization; therefore, management trainee programs or sales associate positions are a good way to begin.
  • Supplement program with courses in marketing, accounting, communications and computers.
  • Consider earning certifications from the National Retail Federation.
  • A degree in Retail/Merchandising may qualifiy one for career opportunities in areas of business outside of retail including marketing, finance, insurance, banking, management, etc. Determine an area of interest and build relevant skills and experiences.