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10 Master's Degrees Annually

Types of Degrees Merchandising & Buying Operations Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many merchandising and buying operations graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Associate’s Degree 29
Basic Certificate 14
Master’s Degree 10

What Merchandising & Buying Operations Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to merchandising and buying operations were asked what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. They weighted these areas on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.

Knowledge Areas for Merchandising and Buying Operations Majors

Merchandising and Buying Operations majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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  • Sales and Marketing - Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

Skills for Merchandising and Buying Operations Majors

merchandising and buying operations majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:

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  • Negotiation - Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Persuasion - Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

Abilities for Merchandising and Buying Operations Majors

Some of the most crucial abilities to master while a merchandising and buying operations student include the following:

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  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Some degrees associated with merchandising and buying operations may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

Find out what the typical degree level is for merchandising and buying operations careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 14.8%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 21.5%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 10.9%
Some College Courses 8.7%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 12.1%
Bachelor’s Degree 36.7%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 1.3%

Online Merchandising & Buying Operations Programs

In 2018-2019, 6 schools offered a merchandising and buying operations program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 4 1
Certificate (1-2 years) 0 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 4 1
Bachelor’s Degree 1 1
Post-Baccalaureate 4 1
Master’s Degree 1 0
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to merchandising and buying operations.

Major Number of Grads
General Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations 3,441
Professional Sales 983
Retailing and Retail Operations 953
Other General Merchandising, Sales, and Related Marketing Operations 304

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

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