Retail Merchandising

Merchandiser Amongst Clothing Inventory

About the Major

The Retail Merchandising major prepares you for a wide variety of retail careers in both store locations and corporate settings. The curriculum includes coursework in design, business, communications as well as retail focused courses in consumer behavior, buying and visual merchandising.

Career Outcomes

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Where do students work after graduation?

Where do students work after graduation?

Job titles and employers for graduates reported within 6 months of graduation
Job Title Employer
Account Coordinator The Stable
Account Manager The Moscoe Group
Allocation Analyst Kohl's
Associate Buyer Target
Brand Specialist Kennedy Blue
Co Producer Fashion Week MN
Consumer Insights Analyst Portu Sunberg
Creative Design Intern Avenue C
Demand Forecast Analyst Best Buy
Digital Marketing Consultant Pops
E-Commerce Digital Coordinator Sisley-Paris
Fashion Stylist Stitch Fix
Home Furnishings Consultant Steinhafels
Inventory Analyst Target
Junior Stylist Wantable
Key Account Operator Kuehne + Nagel
Merchandise Coordinator JL Buchanan
Merchandise Specialist Buestem Brands
Merchant Analyst Best Buy
Personal Shopper Wedding Shoppe
Product Development Coordinator Kohl's
Product Lead and Key Leader Lululemon
Project Coordinator Target
Sales Coordinator JL Buchanan
Senior Stylist Bella Bridesmaid
Showroom Specialist Intersource
Space and Presentation Business Partner Target
Stylist Stitch Fix
Visual Merchandiser H&M

Where do students continue education after graduation?

Where do students continue education after graduation?

Programs and schools students enrolled in after graduation
Program School
Design and Merchandising Colorado State University
Divinity Bethel Seminary
French Coucou Minneapolis

Where students interned and gained experience during school

Where are alumni 5 years after graduation?

Where are alumni 5 years after graduation?

Sampling of job titles and employers 5 years after graduation
Job Title Employer
Account Manager The Creative Partners Group
Assistant Buyer Kohl's
Assistant Manager Nordstrom
Assistant Merchandising Manager Bazara Trading Sdn Bhd
Assoicate Buyer ShopHQ
Assoicate Merchant Coolibar
Associate Product Manager Kohl's
Business Partner - Space & Presentation Target
Collectors & Chanel RTW Manager Nordstrom
Demand Planner Conagra Brands
Digital Strategist Medtronic
District Manager Grupo Axo
Executive Team Lead Target
Marketing Specialist Christopher Banks
Merchandiser REI
Operations Consultant Sephora
Operations Specialist Adesso
Overseas Correspondent Retail Researcher Nobland International
Product Coordinator ShopHQ
Regional Strategist Foodsby
Retail Account Manager The Bluebird Group
Retail Sales 7 Event Manager 3.1 Phillip Lim
Senior Buyer Cascade Designs
Senior Product Development Manager Made For Retail
Sr. Merchandise Specialist Target
Visual Communication Associate Target
Visual Merchandising Project Manager Target

Where are alumni 10 years after graduation?

Where are alumni 10 years after graduation?

Sampling of job titles and employers 10 years after graduation
Job Title Employer
Account Manager JMC Retail Group
Account Manager JL Buchanan
Assistant General Manager OnStage
Assistant Merchandise Manager Kohl's
Buyer Academy Sports & Outdoors
Buyer Christopher & Banks
Buyer Ross
Digital Marketing Specialist Taylor Corporation
Management Analyst MN Department of Education
Marketing Manager Harley-Davidson Motor Company
Merchandise Manager Hanna Anderson
National Account Manager Logitech
Owner Socially Unique
Project Manager The Estee Lauder Companies, Inc
Senior Account Manager Haugaard Creative
Senior Network Management Specialist Premier Eye Care
Senior Omni-Channel Marketing Coordinator Kohl's
Senior Product Develpment Coordinator Target
Sr. Product Manager Amazon
Sr. Sourcing & Account Manager Core Home
Supplier Business Manager Quality Bicycle Prodcuts

Full outcomes report including salary, locations, satisfaction, and more

Common Entry-Level Job Titles

  • Accounts Associate
  • Assistant Buyer
  • E-commerce Merchandiser
  • Marketing Specialist
  • Merchandising Analyst
  • Product Development Coordinator
  • Sales Representative
  • Social Media Coordinator
  • Store Manager
  • Visual Merchandiser

Top Employers

  • Anthropologie
  • Best Buy
  • Burlington Stores
  • Evine
  • JL Buchanan
  • Kohl's
  • Nordstrom
  • Stitch Fix
  • Target
  • The Moscoe Group

Types of Employers

  • Apparel/textile manufacturers
  • Creative agencies
  • E-commerce retailers
  • Fashion labels
  • Market research companies
  • Retail corporations/stores
  • Retail property management firms
  • Vendor management companies

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Paul (he/him) can assist you with

  • Major and career exploration
  • Internship planning
  • Job searching
  • Interview prep and practice
  • Grad school planning and more...

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Additional Resources

In addition to these resources we recommend the following strategies to locate more information about careers related to your major:

  • O*NET and Careerwise. These tools provide comprehensive information about a wide range of careers including typical duties, salaries, employment outlook, skills and interests.
  • Locate professional associations related to your major or career interests by conducting a Google Search on “(Name of major/career area/industry) professional associations.” Try these keywords: retail, merchandising, display, small business, buyer, visual
  • Get involved in one of the many industry-related student groups on campus. These groups provide links to experiences, guest speakers, and discussion with like-minded students.
  • Study Abroad Information for Retail Merchandising