Careers in Merchandising


Looking for an entry level job or internship in merchandising? This is an overview of how to approach the search and a list of companies that might have relevant entry level and internship opportunities.

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:

  • Analyzing sales
  • Visiting stores to see how much space they have
  • Handling research
  • Orchestrating fashion events
  • Fielding phone calls and email correspondence
  • Coordinating travel
  • Managing production
  • Tracking inventory
  • Assisting with product design and pattern management
  • Shipping out products
  • Tracking payments

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

  • A generous salary and growth opportunities
  • The excitement of day-to-day immersion in the realm of fashion
  • Constant variety–reacting to how your department is performing on a day to day basis and hopefully seeing sales increase as a result
  • Stressful–there is a day-to-day crisis mode the trade regularly operates under
  • Can be a lot of repetitive boring tasks

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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Huckberry - Huckberry is a San Francisco, CA based company that “is like your favorite store, your grandpa’s favorite store, and your favorite magazine all rolled into one.”

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Things Remembered - Things Remembered, based in Highland Heights, OH, is “the nation’s largest and most prominent retailer of personalized gifts.”

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Vince - Vince is a New York, NY based fashion brand that offers a “collection of iconic essentials that women and men would want to wear every day.”

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Cartera Commerce - Cartera Commerce is based in Lexington, MA and offers a “fully-managed, performance-based offer platform for card issuers, frequent flyer programs and merchants.”

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Lands’ End - Lands' End is a Dodgeville, WI based "international apparel brand synonymous with timeless American style.”

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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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Tradesy - Tradesy is a Santa Monica, CA based marketplace for new and gently used fashion that can “turn your closet into cash.”

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REVOLVE - REVOLVE is based in Cerritos, CA and is the “virtual home for an unrivaled collection of the world’s most coveted brands.”

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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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Destination Maternity Corporation - Destination Maternity Corporation, which is based in Philadelphia, PA, does $500 million in annual sales as “the world’s leading maternity apparel retailer.”

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Benefit Cosmetics - Benefit Cosmetics is a cosmetics company that got its start when twin sisters moved to San Francisco, CA and opened a beauty boutique.

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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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Sonos - Sonos is a Santa Barbara, CA and Cambridge, MA based company that set out in 2002 “to reinvent home audio for the digital age.”

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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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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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Minted - Minted is a San Francisco, CA based company that aims “to find exceptional artists and designers all over the world and bring their work to consumers."

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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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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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Destination Rewards - Destination Rewards is a Boca Raton, FL (and Plymouth, MI) based company that creates and manages “web-based customized rewards programs.”

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Coldwater Creek - Coldwater Creek is a multi-channel "specialty retailer of women's apparel, jewelry and accessories" that started as a one-room mail order business.

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

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DNA Footwear - DNA Footwear is a Brooklyn, NY shoe retailer that is now working to be “the top online destination for today’s latest trends in the world of footwear.”

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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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Steven Alan - Steven Alan is a New York, NY based fashion designer and retailer that offers a "unique brand of casual, smart, self-assured essentials for both men and women."

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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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Chloe + Isabel - Chloe + Isabel is a NYC based jewelry company that has some amazing career opportunities for new and recent grads.

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