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Fashion merchandising is a highly specialized type of business skill. Individuals that study this in fashion school learn about fabrics and textiles, as well as the cultures and subcultures that shape the way people dress. You are prepared for the work force with knowledge of the manufacturing process, buying, promoting, and selling of fashion items; anything from clothing and jewelry to cosmetics and furniture. Having an in depth understanding of how and why things are made enables fashion merchandising professionals to be innovative with how and what they promote.
Overall, employment opportunities are expected to increase from 9% to 17% through 2014. There are numerous types of careers in this field. Some examples are fashion buyer, sales representative, special event planner, and visual merchandiser. The projected annual earnings for these jobs ranges from $26,000 annually to $90,000 annually.
To give you an idea of what each career earns:
· Fashion buyer: $ 42,000
· Sales representative: $41,000
· Sales management: $31,000
· Special event planner: $43,000
· Visual merchandiser: $26,000 to $90,000
All of these are subject to variation depending on the level of experience an individual has, and the part of the fashion industry they are involved in; these are just the averages for each prospective career path.
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