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Fashion Merchandising

The Field

Fashion Merchandisers are responsible for promoting apparel sales and meeting the needs of potential customers and designers. This often entails developing marketing campaigns, implementing sales strategies and understanding the manufacturing processes so that they can influence the entire lifecycle of the clothing from production to sale.

To succeed in Fashion Merchandising, students should be passionate about the apparel industry and should demonstrate strong interpersonal skills and a keen eye for design in regards to the needs of a consumer.

The Fashion Merchandising Program at Skyline College

Enroll in the Fashion Merchandising Program at Skyline College for an enriching and challenging academic experience that prepares students for careers in fashion promotion, visual merchandising, fashion coordination, retail buying, and store management. We offer a Certificate of Achievement which provides a head start on the road to employment and an Associate Degree for a clear path for transfer to a four-year institution.

Career Outlook

Working in the field of fashion merchandising provides a unique opportunity to understand and/or work at almost every level of the apparel industry. A degree or certificate in Fashion Merchandising can prepare you for a variety of careers in the retail and fashion industries.

The State of California Employment Development Department provides an online Occupational Guide that provides helpful job descriptions, job outlooks and wages, and qualification requirements for a wide variety of careers. Use this guide to find more information about a career that may interest you.