Employees in merchandising positions get the product into the hands of the customer. This process includes forecasting, planning, buying, displaying, selling and providing customer service.
Courses in merchandising will help prepare students who may be interested in careers such as:
- Assistant Buyer
- Buyer Trainee
- Merchandising Assistant
- Merchandising Coordinator
- Merchandise Manager
- Merchandise Division Manager
Community colleges, technical institutions and career technical schools offer one-, two-, and three-year programs in business, business administration, business management, marketing, entrepreneurship and small business management.
Four-year colleges and universities offer degree programs in management, marketing and business administration.
There are several recognized professional certifications for purchasing agents and purchasing managers. The Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) credential is conferred by the Institute for Supply Management. The Certified Purchasing Professional (CPP) and Certified Professional Purchasing Managers (CPPM) designations are conferred by the American Purchasing Society. The Certified Supply Chain Professional credential is conferred by APICS, the Association for Operations Management.