WHAT IS MERCHANDISING, TEXTILES, AND APPAREL?

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MERCHANDISING, TEXTILES, AND APPAREL


WHAT IS MERCHANDISING, TEXTILES, AND APPAREL?

FCS students who focus on merchandising, textiles, and apparel learn technical and business skills related to design, product development, and merchandising, apparel, or textile industry processes. FCS merchandising, textiles, and apparel majors also gain an understanding of how historical changes and industry trends influences individual, family, and community development. Some of the issues that students may research in merchandising, apparel, and textiles include, but are not limited to:
Online shopping
Shoplifting
Sweatshops
Events that influence textiles
New fibers and finishes
Vintage Stores
Fashion trends
Trends in product development

WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH A MERCHANDISING, TEXTILES, AND APPAREL DEGREE?
Jobs that one can get as an FCS merchandising, textiles, and apparel major include, but are not limited to:
Production inventory personnel
Production and operations manager
Fabric specialist
Clothing designer
Print designer
Jewelry designer
Textile print designer
Textile quality manager
Quality control manager
Merchandiser
Trend forecaster
Store manager
Brand manager
Buyer
Marketing executive
Visual specialist
Production manger

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS FOR MERCHANDISING, TEXTILES, AND APPAREL MAJORS:
Professional associations for merchandising, textile, and apparel majors include:
American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences
International Textile and Apparel Association
American Association of Textile Chemists & Colorists
National Retail Federation
American Apparel and Footwear Association
Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production
The Fashion Group International
Textile Clothing Technology CorporationThere are many more professional associations in which one can get involved as a merchandising, textile, and apparel major. Talk to your advisors and mentors about professional associations you can get involved with that match your career interests.

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