UKAg Merchandising Students in New York City

The Department of Merchandising, Apparel and Textiles prepares students for careers in the global retail industry. Graduates of this program find careers in which they apply the business and professional skills developed in the program. The major is designed for students who want to pursue careers in merchandising and retailing.   Students are prepared for a variety of careers in the retail industry such as buying, store management, visual merchandising, customer relations, and personnel. Graduates have also pursued careers in the textile industry, apparel manufacturing, wholesaling, and other areas of the retail industry. Faculty encourage student participation in industry sponsored research projects related to merchandising and product analysis. Internships are a required component of the program and can lead to permanent employment.

Potential Career Pathways

  • Sales Manager
    2016 Median Salary: $117,960 per year
    Job Outlook: 5%
  • Management Analysts
    2016 Median Salary: $60,700 per year
    Job Outlook: 14% (faster than average growth)

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics 

Student Groups Associated with this Program

Our college supports dozens of organizations to help students apply their learning outside the classroom and gain valuable work and leadership experience.  To learn more about the organizations listed below, click here.

Pre-Professional Tracks

The College of Agriculture, Food and Environment has specialized advising services for students planning to attend professional school (Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Law, etc.).  

In addition to helping students fulfill foundational coursework, the college's pre-professional advisor also helps student secure relevant experience such as internships, volunteer opportunities, and job shadowing positions. 

For more information on the college's pre-professional advising, click here.  

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  • Arizzona Albright,
    Merchandising, Apparel and Textiles major from Vincent, OH
  • Sofia Villalobos,
    Merchandising, Apparel and Textiles major from Oxford, GA