Retail Merchandising

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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

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

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