Job Titles & Salaries
CAREER PATHWAYS IN APPAREL, FOOTWEAR AND RELATED SECTORS
A degree in Apparel Merchandising and Management can take your career in virtually any direction within the apparel and textile industry, and its related sectors.
Beyond the traditionally popular fashion designer and fashion buyer, lay a myriad of opportunities in this $2.4 trillion global business. These paths include: market research and forecasting; product development and merchandise planning; sourcing; apparel supply chain and logistics management; fashion marketing, public relations and promotion (social media); fashion blogging and journalism; retail store and ecommerce management; data analytics; technical design; manufacturing management; quality assurance; wholesale selling; and visual merchandising/ web design. Beyond the industry, some graduates return to education as high school teachers, community college instructors or university professors.
Apparel and footwear represent a $400 billion retail market in the United States. Employers of AMM graduates include famous companies, such as Nike, Target, Disney, Amazon, Nordstrom, Gap, VF Corporation (Vans, the North Face, Nautica), Under Armour, Forever 21, TJMaxx, Guess, Patagonia, Ross, Kohl’s, Sephora, Volcom, Kate Spade, Anthropologie. They also include international brands such as H&M, Zara, Max Mara, Louis Vuitton, Escada, and Adidas.
AMM students have a strong entrepreneurial spirit. Many aspire to start their own business and a significant number of our alums are successful business owners.