Outlook for Fashion Merchandising Careers

Learn what to expect from careers in the fashion merchandising industry.

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Fashion merchandising careers, like other fashion careers, traditionally attract a large number of people—so there are often more applicants than jobs. However, if you're serious about fashion merchandising careers, don't let that discourage you. Do everything you can to move your résumé to the top of the pile. Become a more appealing job candidate through education and job experience.

Preparation for Careers in Fashion Merchandising

Many schools offer diplomas or degrees in fashion merchandising. Your choice of a diploma program or an associate's or bachelor's degree may depend on how quickly you want to enter the workforce. While diplomas and associate's programs have the advantage of being shorter, a bachelor's degree is a great asset whether you're starting a career in fashion merchandising or any other field.

Getting work experience can also boost your chances of landing the job you want. Many companies prefer to promote from within before hiring someone from the outside. If you are willing to start at the bottom, you are more likely to get the fashion merchandising job you really want in the future. Take related jobs, and leverage your industry experience toward a fashion merchandising career.

Fashion Merchandising Career Salaries

Fashion merchandisers are part of the larger field of purchasing managers, buyers or agents. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' 2014-15 Occupational Outlook Handbook, the median national annual salary for a purchasing manager, buyer and purchasing agent is $60,550. Actual salaries may vary greatly based on specialization within the field, location, years of experience and a variety of other factors. National long-term projections of employment growth may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.