The person who embarks on a career in the area of textiles, apparel, and merchandising (TAM) today enters a field that is exciting, rewarding, and multifaceted. This field offers a freedom to grow, freedom to change jobs or direction, and freedom to move to different cities, or even different countries. The career path you choose and the success you enjoy is all up to you!
Here is just a small sampling of some of the opportunities available:
Department Store Executive Trainee: In stores such as Macy's, a typical training program consists of work experience in a variety of departments and formal classes conducted by senior executives and training department personnel. Training programs are followed by the opportunity to become a junior executive.
Department Manager: training, supervising employees, all department operations, e.g., opening, closing registers, scheduling, merchandising, customer service.
Assistant Buyer Trainee: job responsibilities include keeping unit control records, placing reorders, writing orders for basic stock, working directly with the assistant buyer and buyer, following up on shipments, appointment scheduling, and calculating markdowns.
Product Development Trainee: this position combines the business, technical, and creative aspects of the fashion industry. Responsibilities involve preparing product specifications, paperwork and follow up, fashion research, coordination of garment lines, communication with production firms, and travel to identify manufacturers.
Showroom Assistant: showing and selling apparel lines to clients, dealing with buyers, keeping sales records, writing orders, following up on orders, appointment scheduling, working apparel trade shows.
Salaries are as diverse in this field as are the opportunities. Entry level salaries range from approximately $26,000 for an Assistant Manager of a specialty store to approximately $35,000 for an executive trainee. Store Managers, Buyers, and Manufacturer's Representatives can earn in excess of $100,000 per year.