What does a Visual Merchandiser do?

A visual merchandiser works in retail sales and develops creative visual concepts to build attractive store displays. A visual merchandiser uses creativity and combines the brand's goals with the customer's desires. They encourage potential customers to enter stores and purchase merchandise. Additionally, a visual merchandiser will create floor plans for retail space and situates displays in an ideal position to encourage sales. They use marketing strategy and a creative approach to sales in order to promote the company's image visually.

A high school diploma or equivalent degree is necessary to become a visual merchandiser. Many employers prefer advanced degrees in fashion, graphic design or a business-related field. Training within the company is generally required in order to fully understand the brand's image and message to be marketed. Individuals with experience in marketing strategy and a keen eye for design tend to excel in the position of visual merchandiser.

What responsibilities are common for Visual Merchandiser jobs?
  • Research current industry trends and remain on the cutting edge of visual design and merchandising
  • Participate in meetings with other departments within the store to determine areas to be addressed and improved upon
  • Account for the company's message and vision and creative incorporate them into visual design
  • Create attractive concepts to be used in-store signage and on social media platforms
  • Prepare visual guides instructing retail branches throughout the country how to appropriately build out and design visual merchandising areas of the store
  • Communicate with marketing team to establish strategies and design concepts for seasonal product launches and displays
  • Monitor and account for the time and manpower required to build and stock store displays and communicate this information with management
  • Design marketing strategies to announce promotions, sales and coming special events within the store
What are the typical qualifications for Visual Merchandiser jobs?
  • High school diploma is required, an advanced degree in business, marketing or related field preferred
  • Detailed knowledge of the product and industry preferred
  • Ability to work diligently with little supervision
  • Confident in creating and communicating concepts in business meetings and to supervisors
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are essential
  • Excited and energetic in designing new ways to reach customers
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced and creative environment
  • Experience researching and determining industry and marketing trends
  • Adherence to the brand's goals, philosophy and policy regarding marketing and sales strategies
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How much does a Visual Merchandiser make near United States?

$53,236 /yr
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Visual Merchandiser Career Path

Learn how to become a Visual Merchandiser, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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Buff Wax SpotBuff Wax Spot
Visual Merchandiser
Nov 22, 2021

“My interactions with every team member are always positive and I love working with everyone at Buff.”

Visual Merchandiser
Mar 9, 2022

“I felt my work was really appreciated by my team and it was the best merchandising role I’ve ever had.”

Visual Merchandising Manager
Sep 12, 2022

“Compensation was not the best was there for 3 years with out a single raise.”

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Support Centre Assistant
Jun 19, 2022

“This is a good organisation to work for to gain experience of working within a charity.”

Living SpacesLiving Spaces
Visual Merchandiser
Apr 6, 2022

“you have to beg to use any vacation time and it was probably one of the worst companies i have EVER worked for.”

Associate Visual Specialist
May 12, 2023

“Balanced work and personal life as it is a work from home opportunity”

Crate and BarrelCrate and Barrel
Visual Merchandiser
Oct 21, 2022

“Really early and really late shifts during holidays”

Centre Assistant
Feb 26, 2023

“Management was nice and understanding as I worked part”

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When working as a Visual Merchandiser, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Product Knowledge, Javascript, Excellent Communication, Computer Literacy, and Time Management.

The most similar professions to Visual Merchandiser are:
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  • Merchandise Manager
  • Visual Manager

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