- Merchandisers make around $9.50 per hour
- Merchandising jobs offer flexible scheduling
- You'll have to have reliable transportation
What do merchandisers do?
Merchandisers are "image consultants for the retail world." Retailers use merchandising to promote specific products and services and increase sales. When you walk by a store that's having a sale, you typically see eye-catching signs in the front windows announcing, "Up to 50% off the entire store!" or "Buy one get one free!" This entices customers to enter the store, thus increasing their chances of purchasing something. You may also see brochures and coupons at the register that encourage you to return to the store and buy again. Pretty smart thinking, don't you agree? All this is the work of merchandisers.
Merchandisers also deliver educational materials to the store for training new employees or teaching sales tactics to existing workers. They also conduct inventory reports -counting the merchandise at a particular location - and replace old or defective stock.
Some stores have their own merchandising departments, but others use third-party companies to handle merchandising certain displays. If you are employed by one of these companies, like Mosaic, you will need your own reliable transportation to get you to and from each location. You'll travel from store to store setting up displays, doing reports and talking with employees.
How much do merchandisers make?
The average hourly pay for a merchandiser is around $9.50 per hour. Like in most jobs, pay will vary by skill level and location.
A high school diploma or GED is sufficient education for a merchandiser position. It's an entry-level position and doesn't require much experience to get started. Most employers will offer short-term, on-site training so you can learn how to use their equipment and meet all the job requirements.
Career paths for merchandisers
Typically a merchandiser will work under a team leader or a manager. Several managers are grouped together into a geographic region which is led by a district manager. A successful merchandiser may be able to move into a management role in one of these areas.
The future of merchandisers
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities for merchandisers should grow at an average rate. Remember that this job depends on the demand of retailers requiring their merchandise to be displayed. The limited training requirements and flexible hours attract many people seeking second or part-time jobs.
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