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The Types of careers in Fashion While you may dream of a job as a model, a fashion show director or even a photographer, there are lots of opportunities to work in the fashion industry that are not necessarily in the spotlight but can be just as lucrative and rewarding. Some entry level positions lead to glamorous lifestyles while others lead to very rewarding jobs that are not necessarily high profile.
Retail Careers Retail is always a good way to get into the fashion industry however, it takes a certain type of skill to be in retail as you'll be dealing with people most of your time in a retail career. Part of what makes selling in the fashion industry so great is the commissions and bonuses you get as well as your base salary. If you have a college degree and continue to gain product knowledge it may be possible to acquire a job as a retail or sales manager.
Purchasing Careers Being a fashion buyer can be a lot of fun but requires a lot of smart thinking and lots of planning ahead. Fashion companies both large and small utilize the services of buyers, from large chain stores to smaller designer stores and boutiques. Buyers are responsible for keeping up with the latest trends and knowing about them sometimes months in advance, negotiating with vendors in order to purchase items at a discount and sell them at a higher price, and of course make sure the store has the sufficient merchandise to stock for the coming season. Most buyers have previous experience usually as a store manager or something similar as well as a college degree.
Publishing Careers The fashion industry has always relied on writers, editors, and reviewers for its products and services however, with the growth of the internet publishing jobs have become even more of a necessity. With fashion magazines, newspapers and other types of publications expanding online, not only do you have the chance to work in house but you may even be able to work from home from any part of the world. Successful people who have publishing jobs usually have a 4 year degree in journalism or english and possess a portfolio. The more experience and samples you can show in your portfolio work the easier it will be for you to get better paying publishing jobs in the fashion industry.