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Fashion Merchandising Schools

As a professor or instructor of fashion merchandising classes at one of the 137 accredited fashion merchandising schools in the country, you play a essential role in shaping the future of this growing field. The following statistics and charts help analyze the current state of the fashion merchandising academic community and the future trends. Academia in fashion merchandising includes fashion merchandising training at the following levels:

  • Fashion Merchandising Certificate
  • Associates degree in Fashion Merchandising
  • Bachelors degree in Fashion Merchandising
  • Masters degree in Fashion Merchandising


Professional Trends

National Employment growth for Fashion merchandising professionals

6,067,810 6,154,850 6,184,750 5,937,550 5,852,730
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Dark Yellow: Actual Values

In 2010, 5,852,730 fashion merchandising professionals were working in the US. This number has shrunk by 4% over the course of the past 4 years.

And the growth for all careers between the years 2006 and 2010 was 1%. This trend is expected to continue over the next 7 years.

National Salary percentiles for Fashion merchandising professionals

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Nationally, the median yearly salary earned by fashion merchandising professionals was $54,945 in 2010. This is 13% less than the national median salary for all professions, which was $68,155 per year.

National Median Salary Growth For Fashion Merchandising

$48,892 $50,675 $52,350 $53,355 $54,945
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Salaries

Between the years 2006 and 2010, salaries for fashion merchandising professionals have grown by 12%.

Educational Trends

National Fashion Merchandising Student enrollment growth by degree

1,823 2,570 2,647 2,997 2,855
1,729 1,925 2,215 2,352 2,502
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1 2 1 1 7
31 34 49 39 49
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Associate's Degree in Fashion Merchandising
  • Blue: Bachelor's Degree in Fashion Merchandising
  • Red: Doctorates Degree in Fashion Merchandising
  • Light blue: Master's Degree in Fashion Merchandising
  • Grey: Certificate in Fashion Merchandising

The career outlook for fashion merchandising professionals is showing a rapid change. However, on the educational front, the story is quite different. In the US, 3,584 students graduated from fashion merchandising degree programs in 2006. And in 2010, 5,413 students graduated from fashion merchandising schools.

Thus, in 4 years, there was a 51% growth in the number of fashion merchandising graduates. The growth nationally for students graduating from institutions of higher learning in general has been 12% from 2006 to 2010. Thus, the growth in the number of students graduating from fashion merchandising courses is greater than the change in the number of students graduating in all disciplines in the US.

Fashion Merchandising Programs offered Nationwide


The number of schools offering fashion merchandising programs has decreased. In the year 2006, there were 131 fashion merchandising schools in the US. And in the year 2010, there were 137 schools.

Fashion Merchandising Faculty Salaries

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