Retail Merchandising

About the Major

A Retail Merchandising major prepares you for a wide variety of retail careers in both store locations and corporate settings. The curriculum includes coursework in design, business, communications as well as retail focused courses in consumer behavior, buying and visual merchandising. Read more about the major.

Common Entry Level Job Titles

  • Business Analyst
  • Assistant Buyer
  • Event Planner (Retail/Fashion)
  • Marketing Specialist
  • Product Development Coordinator
  • Sales Representative
  • Small Business Owner
  • Store Manager
  • Visual Merchandiser

Types of Employers

  • Apparel/textile manufacturers
  • Internet/television retailers
  • Retail corporations/stores
  • Retail property management firms

Alumni Internship and Volunteer Contacts

Search for students' previously completed experiences related to this major (to get ideas- not to get a list of openings) at: z.umn.edu/experiencedatabase. Database is updated through Summer 2018 semester only.

Salary and Employment Statistics

See the employment and salary page for statistics on the most recent graduates and previous years.

Top Career Resources

Additional Resources

In addition to these resources we recommend the following strategies to locate more information about careers related to your major:

  • O*NET and Careerwise. These tools provide comprehensive information about a wide range of careers including typical duties, salaries, employment outlook, skills and interests.
  • Locate professional associations related to your major or career interests by conducting a Google Search on “(Name of major/career area/industry) professional associations.” Try these keywords: retail, merchandising, display, small business, buyer, visual
  • Get involved in one of the many industry-related student groups on campus. These groups provide links to experiences, guest speakers, and discussion with like-minded students.
  • Study Abroad Information for Retail Merchandising