Fashion Retail Buyer: Top Career for Fashionistas with Merchandising Flair

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While many people think of supermodels when they think of fashion, there are far more behind-the-scenes job opportunities for people who have a strong fashion sense, marketing skills and business aptitude, says, a top business education site. Prospective students looking into the fashion industry are finding that careers in fashion merchandising can pay well and be rewarding.

Most fashion careers do not involve working a runway, according to a new article, "Fashionistas: Earn a Fashion Merchandising Degree" from online business education site ( Prospective students exploring career possibilities in the fashion industry can learn more about fashion as a business at, a site that provides educational resources about online business programs.

"Fashionistas: Earn a Fashion Merchandising Degree" offers tips for getting into the business of fashion. The article also describes what students can expect from the fashion school experience:

  •     Students should expect to spend one to five years learning the ins and outs of their employer's business.
  •     Fashion school is a hands-on experience involving a great deal of project work and field trips.
  •     Purchasing agents and managers can expect to earn between $47,680 and $72,450.

According to, "Fashion merchandising careers involve manufacturing, buying, promoting and selling items such as clothing, jewelry and accessories" ( The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that purchasing managers, buyers and purchasing agents make up a key component of a firm's supply chain and that employment opportunities are best for those with a fashion degree.

John Mincarelli, who teaches fashion merchandising in New York City, tells that beyond the "creative" aspect of merchandising, today's buyers must rely more on analysis than instinct. Mincarelli says that new tools being demonstrated at fashion schools, such as automated, regionalized sales reports, allow buyers "to mine trends and thin-slice them."

Now may be a good time enter the field of fashion merchandising. notes, "Many employers are looking for fashion merchandising school graduates who've studied textiles, are creative thinkers, are knowledgeable about the history of fashion and are tuned in to the latest fashion trends." offers educational resources to succeed in the competitive world of business, whether visitors want to earn an MBA or even a business technology degree. Visitors can browse a directory of business schools or visit an extensive library of articles focused on business programs.


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