Part Two – Research. To Become A Wholesale/Retail Buyer

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Part Two – Research
To become a Wholesale/Retail Buyer for clothing employers usually want applicants with a Bachelor’s degree in Fashion Merchandising or other similar degrees that focus on retail and business to business sales models. While employers do expect that this Bachelor’s degree will provide applicants with a reasonable understanding of how their operations work, there is an expectation that, once hired, applicants will receive a significant amount of on the job training. This is because clothing retailers and wholesalers will have specific needs for their respective organizations and will want to impress upon employees the particular aesthetic of clothing they wish to market. This on the job training will provide a new set of
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It is important to note that the BLS does publish the mean salaries for specific industries that employ Wholesale/Retail Buyers, so for Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers the mean salary is $78,220 per year or $37.60 per hour which is the industry I am looking to work in. The highest areas of employment for Wholesale/Retail Buyers are clustered around the largest metropolitan areas of the U.S. such as New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. Growth for Wholesale/Retail buying positions is predicted to grow 6% nationally between 2014 and 2024 according to the BLS. The growth in the local Raleigh/Durham area for Wholesale/Retail Buyers is expected to be 21% between 2012 and 2022, however the majority of these jobs are likely not in the apparel industry that I am interested in. Overall stable growth across the board is expected, although hinged on the retail and wholesale industries.
Part Three – Reflection
For this project I completed both the Humanmetrics Jung Typology Test/Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and the CFNC Interest Profiler. According to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), I am an ESFP. This stands for Extroverted, Sensing, Feeling, and Perceiving. ESFP’s, often called the, “Entertainer,” or “Performer,” are primarily focused with external interaction with the world. This includes typically excellent people skills, an affinity for material objects, and an attraction for
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