Careers in Merchandising

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Looking for an entry level job or internship in merchandising? Here's an overview of how to approach the search and a list of companies that might have entry level and internship opportunities that will interest you.

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The range of products Urban Outfitters has to offer often astounds me. They sell everything from neon clothing, to cookbooks, to toys, to hipstery apartment wares for young women and men. Not only that, but many of these items are made by independent designers, which means there’s a lot of coordination involved. All of these products have been scrutinized by the people responsible for the merchandising of the store. One of these roles is that of Merchandising Assistant, who assists with basic aspects of orders and shipments.

Merchandising Careers

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Merchandising Career Guide Overview

  1. What a Merchandising Assistant Does
  2. A Typical Day for a Merchandising Assistant
  3. Salary and Career Progression for a Merchandising Assistant
  4. Best Locations for Merchandising Assistants
  5. Pros and Cons of Being a Merchandising Assistant
  6. What You Need to Know for a Career in Merchandising
  7. Merchandising Resources
  8. Careers Related to Merchandising
  9. Companies with Jobs and Internships in Merchandising

What a Merchandising Assistant Does

A Merchandising Assistant helps with basic aspects of retailing and selection of merchandise. They may be in charge of orders and shipments, supervising sales personnel, keeping records, obtaining samples and materials, and dealing with customers who are returning or exchanging merchandise. Merchandisers work closely with each store, deciding what items to send them. They also work closely with buyers, so that when they do sales forecasts they can let the buyers know what items will be needed and when. Lastly they work closely with the finance department at sales time to let them know what items to reduce and at what discount.

A Typical Day for a Merchandising Assistant

While a typical day for a Merchandising Assistant varies, it generally includes these tasks:

Salary and Career Progression for a Merchandising Assistant

A Merchandising Assistant makes an average of $35,000 per year. After being a Merchandising Assistant, you can go on to become a Junior Merchandiser where you are responsible for planning and strategy and potentially even managing a small team, and then on to Merchandiser where you are the overall manager of the team. You might even branch off into buying. As a Fashion Buyer, you can expect to make about $72,000 per year. Or you could specialize in a particular area such as a Handbag Buyer, and earn around $83,000 per year.

Best Locations for Merchandising Assistants

If you want to be in fashion, New York and Los Angeles are the places to be. Merchandising Assistants who work within the garment manufacturing trade often live in or commute to one of these two fashion hubs.

Pros and Cons of Being a Merchandising Assistant

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What You Need to Know for a Career in Merchandising

To be a Merchandising Assistant you’ll need a bachelor’s degree in either apparel development, apparel manufacturing, or apparel product management. Hopefully your core classes will cover manufacturing and production, fashion design and textile sciences. Beyond that it helps to know Spanish, be organized, and have an ability to analyze data. Furthermore, you should have an awareness of retail and try to get some experience on a shop floor.

Merchandising Resources

If merchandising still sounds like your cup of tea, here are a few things you should do to get started.

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Companies with Entry Level Jobs and Internships in Merchandising

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Hayneedle - Hayneedle is based in Omaha, NE and “has become one of the nation’s largest online retailers, offering more than 3,000 brands and nearly 2 million products for the home.”

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Vitamix - Vitamix is an Olmsted, OH company that is “improving the vitality of people’s lives and liberating the world from conventional food and beverage preparation boundaries.”

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LEAN InternStrongsville, OH
Marketing Strategy InternOlmsted Falls, OH
Product Management InternTownship of Olmsted, OH
Product Management InternOlmsted Falls, OH
LEAN InternStrongsville, OH
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Todd Snyder Logo

Todd Snyder - Todd Snyder is a New York, NY based men’s fashion brand that is inspired “by Savile Row craftsmanship, military tailoring, and a distinct New York sensibility.”

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Shinola - Shinola is a Detroit, MI based company that is all about bringing back the strength of American manufacturing by producing watches, bicycles, leather, and journals.

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ShopHQ - ShopHQ, based in Eden Prairie, MN, creates “the ultimate interactive shopping experience by uniting live TV, online and mobile shopping opportunities with social media engagement."

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Online Marketing InternEden Prairie, MN
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Food52 - Food52 is a New York, NY based online community that brings “cooks together from all over to exchange recipes and ideas and to support each other in the kitchen.”

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Dylan's Candy Bar

Dylan’s Candy Bar - Dylan's Candy Bar is a New York, NY based company that has built "the world's largest confectionary emporium and lifestyle brand."

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2014 Summer InternshipNew York, NY
Jobs with Candy!New York, NY
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Fuhu - Fuhu is an El Segundo, CA based company aiming to be "the leading designer, seller and innovator of ‘thoughtful’ consumer products and services for children.”

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CG Character Animator (Freelance)Los Angeles, CA
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Volcom - Volcom is a San Clemente, CA based “designer, marketer and distributor of premium quality young men’s and young women’s clothing, accessories and related products.”

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Charming Charlie Logo

Charming Charlie - Charming Charlie is a Houston, TX based “fashion accessories retailer” with more than 200 stores across the country.

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Rue La La - Rue La La is a Boston, MA based e-commerce company that offers flash sales on "the best in women’s and men’s fashion, home, travel, kids, and more.”

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Stitch Fix Logo

Stitch Fix - Stitch Fix is a San Francisco, CA based company that is using strong curatorial talent to sell clothing and accessories to women.

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Rubin Museum of Art - The Rubin Museum of Art in New York, NY "promotes understanding, and inspires personal connections to the ideas, cultures, and art of Himalayan Asia.”

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AmeriMark - AmeriMark is a Middleburg Heights, OH company that "is a leading direct marketer of women's apparel, shoes, name-brand cosmetics, and lots more."

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Junior Graphics/Web DesignerMiddleburg Heights, OH
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Crate and Barrel Logo

Crate and Barrel - Crate and Barrel has over 170 retail stores that sell furniture and homewares, and they have some great job opportunities for new grads.

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Claire's Logo

Claire’s - Claire's is a retailer with more than 3,000 stores that sells fashion, accessories, and jewelry to young women and girls, and they're hiring.

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FOH ManagerWarrenton, VA
Assistant Store ManagerChicago, IL
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GNC Logo

GNC - If there’s a name that you think of when you think of nutrition and supplements, it has to be GNC, based in Pittsburgh, PA.

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OpenSky - OpenSky is a New York City based company that curates product recommendations based on recommendations from topic experts, and they're hiring.

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