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Retail services and commodities, which heavily rely on professional, scientific, and technical services, is one of the largest industries and one of the most visible to consumers. Even with the economic downturn, retail has been, and will continue to be, one of the largest industries for employment growth. Many positions in the retail management and commodities field require degrees.
The retail management program provides the basic skills needed to manage a variety of retail organizations effectively by developing skills directly related to the industry. The program is designed to focus on interpersonal, managerial, human resource, leadership, communication, and the critical thinking skills necessary to assess and evaluate management practices in the retail industry. College graduates with related experience, a high level of creativity, strong communication skills, and computer skills generally have the best job opportunities within this market.
To identify what education or training is typical for careers within the retail management field, use the O*Net hyperlinks below and click on “Job Zone.”
As with all majors, the education you receive serves as a foundation of knowledge that prepares you for what you may face in the professional world. The career field you choose may require additional education or experience.
There are several government agencies and organizations that seek candidates with degrees in retail management. The list below provides a few places one might find employment specific to this degree.
While many of the major job search engines, such as indeed.com or monster.com, will have several positions to choose from, those listed below are specific to this field.
Involvement in professional organizations is a great way to stay up-to-date on new technology, tools, and best practices in your field. Professional organizations can also provide great networking opportunities. Below are a few professional organizations you may be interested in.
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