Careers in Fashion Merchandising

Identify trends, develop products, analyze customer needs.

Fashion Merchandising covers the forecasting, conceiving, developing, and selling of a fashion product. It also encompasses everything that goes into positioning the product in front of customers, like fashion shows, styling, photography, and beyond.

Explore Fashion Merchandising

The world of Fashion Merchandising is vast; in fact, areas like retailing and store management are just the tip of the iceberg.

Fashion Merchandising students at LIM College get to explore a multitude of career paths, gain experience, and make connections in the professional realm through internships.

Sample Job Titles

  • Buyer
  • Stylist
  • Beauty/Perfume Executive
  • Fashion Analyst
  • Fashion Publisher
  • Product Developer
  • Creative Director
  • Sustainability

Sample Career Areas

  • Fashion Forecasting
  • Fashion Show Production
  • Retail / Store Management
  • Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)
  • Textiles
  • Fashion Photography

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Math
  • Communication
  • Analytics
  • Research
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Product Lifecycle Management

Professional Organizations

  • Fashion Group International
  • American Apparel and Footwear Association
  • National Retail Federation (NRF)
  • International Textile & Apparel Association
  • Fashion Industry Association
  • American Society of Magazine Editors


  • Women's Wear Daily (WWD)
  • NRF Smartbrief
  • Home Furnishing News (HFN)
  • Sourcing Journal
  • Business of Fashion
  • Wall Street Journal
  • New York Times

Fashion Merchandising Degrees

Associate in Occupational Science (AOS) / 2-Year Degree

An information-intensive curriculum gives you a competitive advantage in the world of fashion and provides the background needed to begin a career in the business.

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Associate in Applied Science (AAS) / 2-Year Degree

LIM's highly-specialized AAS program equips you with the necessary foundation to move on to a bachelor's degree when you're ready to take the next step in your education (available on campus or online).

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Bachelor of Professional Studies (BPS) / 4-Year Degree

This program prepares you to take on a wide range of roles in fashion and its related industries. The curriculum includes core courses in liberal arts and business and also includes many industry specific courses.

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Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) / 4-Year Degree

Along with specialized professional courses, this BBA program provides a foundation in business and liberal arts. You can start your career immediately, or use this degree as your gateway to a master's. (available on campus or online)

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Master of Professional Studies in Fashion Merchandising & Retail Management (MPS)

Through our MPS program in Fashion Merchandising & Retail Management, you will learn the ins and outs of fashion sales and get hands-on experience that will help you advance in your current fashion job or prepare you for a successful new career in fashion. (available on campus or online)

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