A woman resting her arms on a rack of clothes
Fashion Design & Merchandising: Buyers (SOC CODE: 13-1022.00)

Job Description Overview

Buy merchandise or commodities, other than farm products, for resale to consumers at the wholesale or retail level, including both durable and nondurable goods. Analyze past buying trends, sales records, price, and quality of merchandise to determine value and yield. Select, order, and authorize payment for merchandise according to contractual agreements. May conduct meetings with sales personnel and introduce new products. Includes assistant wholesale and retail buyers of nonfarm products.

Related Careers

  • Purchasing Managers
  • Merchandise Displayers and Window Trimmers
  • Wholesale and Retail Buyers, Except Farm Products
  • Retail Salespersons
  • Buyers and Purchasing Agents, Farm Products
  • Managers, All Other
  • Property, Real Estate, and Community Association Managers
  • Financial Managers, Branch or Department
  • Information Technology Project Managers
  • General and Operations Managers

Sample Job Duties

  • Buy merchandise or commodities for resale to wholesale or retail consumers.
  • Negotiate prices, discount terms, or transportation arrangements with suppliers.
  • Consult with store or merchandise managers about budgets or goods to be purchased.
  • Examine, select, order, or purchase merchandise consistent with quality, quantity, specification requirements, or other factors, such as environmental soundness.
  • Provide clerks with information to print on price tags, such as price, mark-ups or mark-downs, manufacturer number, season code, or style number.
  • Recommend mark-up rates, markdown rates, or merchandise selling prices.
  • Obtain information about customer needs or preferences by conferring with sales or purchasing personnel.
  • Authorize payment of invoices or return of merchandise.
  • Monitor and analyze sales records, trends, or economic conditions to anticipate consumer buying patterns and determine what the company will sell and how much inventory is needed.
  • Collaborate with vendors to obtain or develop desired products.

    What Classes Do I Need to Take?

    • Fashion Design and Technologies: AS Degree

      Business Division
      Degree S1320

      The Fashion Design and Technologies Degree consists of apparel design courses that prepare students for careers in apparel manufacturing, production, and technical design. This program emphasizes technology used in the apparel industry and technical design. Upon completion of the program, students will be proficient in technical drawing, computer patternmaking, and apparel related software. Students will gain hands-on experience in using industry related software and develop advanced technical design and production skills.

      This degree requires the completion of General Education coursework plus the following:

      Required Courses

      FASH 8Introduction to Fashion3
      FASH 10Clothing Construction I3
      FASH 12Clothing Construction II3
      FASH 14Dress, Culture, and Identity3
      FASH 15Aesthetic Design in Fashion3
      FASH 17Textiles3
      FASH 21Patternmaking I3
      FASH 22Fashion Design By Draping3
      FASH 23Patternmaking II3
      FASH 24Fashion Patternmaking by Computer3
      FASH 25Fashion Computer-Assisted Drawing3
      Total Units33

       Guided Pathway of Study

    • Fashion Merchandising: AS Degree

      Business Division
      Degree S1308

      The A.S. Degree in Fashion Merchandising is designed to prepare students for entry-level careers in the apparel industry in Southern California. This A.S. program also offers students courses specializing in apparel retailing, advertising, textiles, and visual communications.
      The courses emphasize the business of fashion, wholesale merchandise planning, and apparel branding targeting specific markets. Upon completion of the program, students will be able to develop marketing strategies, create promotional campaigns, understand the buying process, and analyze retail businesses. Entry-level employment opportunities available after completion of this program may include retail sales, small store merchandising and showroom assisting.

      This degree requires the completion of General Education coursework plus the following:

      Required Courses

      FASH 8Introduction to Fashion3
      FASH 10Clothing Construction I3
      FASH 15Aesthetic Design in Fashion3
      FASH 17Textiles3
      FASH 25Fashion Computer-Assisted Drawing3
      FASH 59Fashion Retailing3
      FASH 62Retail Buying and Merchandising3
      FASH 63Fashion Promotion3
      FASH 66Visual Merchandising Display3
      Total Units27

       Guided Pathway of Study

    • Fashion Merchandising: Level I

      Business Division
      Certificate L0314

      The certificate in Fashion Merchandising offers students courses specializing in apparel retailing, advertising, textiles, and CAD technical drawing. The courses emphasize the business of fashion, wholesale merchandise planning, apparel technology, retailing, and fashion branding targeting specific markets. Upon completion of the certificate, students will be able to develop marketing strategies, create promotional campaigns, understand the buying process, and analyze retail businesses.

      Required Courses

      FASH 8Introduction to Fashion3
      FASH 17Textiles3
      FASH 25Fashion Computer-Assisted Drawing3
      FASH 59Fashion Retailing3
      FASH 62Retail Buying and Merchandising3
      FASH 63Fashion Promotion3
      Total Units18

       Guided Pathway of Study

    • Fashion Merchandising: Level II

      Business Division
      Certificate L1303

      The Fashion Merchandising Level II Certificate is designated to build upon the Fashion Merchandising Level I Certificate to provide students with proven business and management tools that will increase their practical understanding of merchandising and marketing. Students will be exposed to projects and visual display simulations that will enhance their merchandising and management career potential.

      Required Courses

      Completion of the Fashion Merchandising - Level I coursework18
      PLUS
      Completion of the Fashion Merchandising - Level II coursework9
      Total Units27
      Fashion Merchandising - Level I Coursework
      FASH 8Introduction to Fashion3
      FASH 17Textiles3
      FASH 25Fashion Computer-Assisted Drawing3
      FASH 59Fashion Retailing3
      FASH 62Retail Buying and Merchandising3
      FASH 63Fashion Promotion3
      Total Units18
      Fashion Merchandising - Level II Coursework
      FASH 10Clothing Construction I3
      FASH 15Aesthetic Design in Fashion3
      FASH 66Visual Merchandising Display3
      Total Units9

      Recommended Elective

      FASH 81Work Experience in Fashion Merchandising and Retail1
    Print A Brochure
    Explore Your Interests
    Graphic for Holland Personality Test

    Take the O*Net Interest Profiler today and identify careers that you may wish to explore.

    Meet with a counselor to learn more about the additional requirements needed to earn this associate degree.

    Start Now

    Take The Next Step