Visual Merchandiser
Careers New Zealand
New Zealand
21d ago

Pay for visual merchandisers depends on their level of experience.

  • Trainees can expect to start on the minimum wage or a little more.
  • Experienced visual merchandisers can earn up to $20 an hour or more.
  • Many visual merchandisers are self-employed and work on freelance contracts. Their income varies depending on the amount of business they get.

    Source : Trade Me, 'Salary Guide', September 2015.

    This information is a guide only. )

    What you will do

    Visual merchandisers may do some or all of the following :

  • discuss suggested displays with a client or management
  • research displays
  • make a sketch or model of the display
  • purchase or make the props for the display
  • assemble the display using a variety of materials
  • change signage and window displays regularly
  • take photographs of the displays and signage.
  • Skills and knowledge

    Visual merchandisers need to have :

  • knowledge of how to assemble props and displays to attract customers' attention
  • knowledge of different art techniques and materials, and fashion trends
  • knowledge of marketing and advertising
  • skill in drawing, designing and constructing displays
  • ability to maintain props and mannequins.
  • Visual merchandisers who are self-employed also need small business management skills.

    Visual merchandisers :

  • often work regular business hours if they are employed by a retail store, but may work irregular hours if they are working on contract
  • may travel locally to assemble displays.
  • Entry requirements

    There are no specific entry requirements to become a visual merchandiser, but a tertiary qualification with subjects in visual merchandising, graphic design or fine arts is useful.

    Secondary education

    Useful school subjects include art, graphic design, woodwork and metalwork.

    Personal requirements

    Visual merchandisers need to be :

  • creative and artistic
  • able to inspire confidence in their clients
  • able to follow instructions and accept criticism
  • good at listening and communicating with clients
  • good at planning and making decisions
  • able to work to deadlines.
  • Useful experience

    Useful experience for visual merchandisers includes :

  • experience in set design, drawing and painting
  • work in advertising
  • any creative work such as interior or graphic design, or photography.
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