Retail and Apparel

Career Guide

The retail and apparel field is part of a supply chain process that starts with the creation of goods (apparel) and is then sold in large quantities to a retailer that sells smaller quantities to the consumer. The retail industry offers opportunities in merchandising, store management, central management, and buying. Apparel or fashion designers create original clothing, accessories, and footwear while working in wholesale or manufacturing establishments, theater or dance companies, and design firms in large cities.

Designing your major

Your major may be indirectly or directly related to your career choice, and it’s only one of many pieces to finding a good career fit. There are many majors that are related to retail and apparel, including:

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  • Buyer
  • Designer
  • Visual Merchandiser
  • Merchandise Analyst
  • Brand Manager
  • Purchasing Agent
  • Retail Sales Manager
  • Store Manager
  • Brand Manager
  • Fashion Editor
  • Sales Representative
  • Inventory Control Analyst
  • Pricing Associate
  • International Marketing Manager
  • Store Planner
  • Fashion Blogger
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Volunteering in the community has many benefits for the community and for your personal and professional development. How can you use your knowledge and skills to make a difference?

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Interested in graduate school?

In this field, some common graduate school programs may include Apparel Merchandising, Marketing and Advertising, Fashion Design, International Business, Entrepreneurship, and many more!

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