UGA Specific Information for Fashion Merchandising

The Fashion Merchandising major is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of merchandising related to the apparel and textile industries. The program emphasizes the skills and competencies needed for careers in fashion promotion, buying, retailing, merchandising, and management. Students in the Product Development and Design emphasis learn to work in a number of ways to design products. Inspiration and design concepts drive the garments' creation, along with identifying the target market. All designs are first prototypes in muslin, design and fit problems addressed and resolved, before the final garment is constructed. Student designers present their final projects to the class, professor, and invited judges.

Fashion merchandising offers a wide variety of career opportunities with retailers, manufacturers, marketing research firms and product information services. Graduates travel the world, start their own businesses and make positive impacts on their companies and communities.



Class of 2022 Career Outcomes for Fashion Merchandising*

** Includes Self-Employed


Campus Resources

  • Connect with Jessica McLeod-Waddell, your Career Consultant - click here to find information on how to schedule an appointment 

  • Daily Drop-In Hours: (staffed by Career Center graduate assistants and student interns)\

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  • UGA TXMI Department - Fashion Merchandising

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Additional Career Research Resources

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  • Firsthand - Company rankings/profiles, industry career guides, and advice articles

  • Candid Career - Recorded informational interviews of professionals in specific careers

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  • Specialized - Check out Idealist for jobs in the Nonprofit sector and USAJobs for opportunities in the federal government. 

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Professional Associations/Resources

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS Organization of Black Designers • American Sewing Guild • Fashion Group International New York • International Textile and Apparel Association • Council of Fashion Designers of America • Surface Design Association • Fashion Footwear Association of New York • Costume Society of America • Association of Sewing and Design Professionals

COMPANY & SALARY RESEARCHCareer Bliss • GlassDoor Salary.com

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Employers/Position Title Reported by Class of 2022 Fashion Merchandising majors

The information below represents employers and position titles from the Class of 2022 Career Outcomes Survey. To view historical Career Outcomes for this major, click here and select "Historical Data" from the navigation menu.

Employer Position Title(s)
Alice + Olivia Senior Sales Supervisor
American Threads Store Manager
Ballard Designs Assistant Buyer
Belk Assistant Planner
brrrº Operations and Product Development Assistant
Cato Corporation Assistant Buyer
Champs Replenishment Analyst
DION LEE Public Relations Assistant Intern
Dormie Network Merchandiser
Empire South Clothier Store Manager
Epsilon Account Management Specialist
EY Merchandising Graduate Associate
GlitterStarz Regional Team Stylist
JOANN Stores Retail Associate
Kendra Scott Stylist
KITH Associate Allocator
Line and Dot Sales Representative
Macy's Executive Development Trainee
Macy's Supply Chain and Product Development EDP Trainee
Macy's Assistant Buyer
Moda Operandi, Inc Merchandise Assistant, Contemporary, Resortwear & Ski
Monkeys of Alpharetta Manager and Buyer
Mud Pie Home Merchandise Assistant
Neiman Marcus Group Executive Development Program Trainee
Neiman Marcus Group Merchandise Coordinator
Neiman Marcus Group Assistant Buyer
Nordstrom Assistant Department Manager
Not Specified Not Specified
Onward Reserve Costumer Experience Specialist
Over The Moon Marketing and Editorial Intern
Paragon 28 Associate Sales Representative
PR Consulting Account Assistant
Reformation Import Production Coordinator
Rooms To Go Online Merchandising Specialist
Ross Stores, Inc. Assistant Buyer
Saks Fifth Avenue Stylist Assistant
Saks Fifth Avenue Assistant Stylist
Saks Fifth Avenue Assistant Stylist
The Home Depot Senior Logistics Analyst
The Home Depot Merchandise Planner Analyst
The Home Depot Merchandise Planner Analyst
TJ Max Manager
Tom James Company Sales Professional
Tom James Company Sales Representative
Tribe Hair Company Customer Service Agent
Walmart Merchandising Analyst
* denotes no responses received.

*Source: Areas above marked with an Asterisk (*) have been created utilizing data taken from the UGA Career Outcomes Survey. The "Employers Hiring...," "Job Titles of...," "Career Outcomes for...," and "Graduate/Professional Schools and Programs..." information listed above represent UGA Class of 2022 Graduates. The lists are not exhaustive and therefore do not represent all potential career options. Click here for more detailed Career Outcomes information regarding this major.

Graduate/Professional Schools attended by Class of 2022 Fashion Merchandising majors

The information below represents graduate/professional schools and programs reported through the Class of 2022 Career Outcomes Survey. To view historical Career Outcomes for this major, click here and select "Historical Data" from the navigation menu.

Graduate School Program(s)
Parsons Paris The New School Fashion, MA
Savannah College of Art and Design Luxury and Brand Management, MA
The New School Global Fashion Management, MPS
University of Georgia Fashion Merchandising, Master's
University of Georgia Financial Planning and Consumer Economics, Master's
University of Georgia Textile Merch and Interiors, MSFCS
* denotes no responses received.