Estimated Salary (in NYC): $30,000
Where to Apply: Fashion Jobs Central, Fashion.net, Style Careers
How to Make It: A good eye for how to present things and put them together. Combine that creative mindset with a background in design, some mixed media art experience (papier-mâché holler!), and a basic grasp of color theory, and you could land the gig.
All those awesome window and store displays aren't done by janitors. Merchandising teams put them together. A junior merchandiser helps execute the ideas put forth by their boss or the corporate team, who decide on a certain theme or set of standards that need to be met, and then translate it to how the store's merchandise is arranged. Big department stores like Saks, Barneys, and Macy's are known for their excellent, consistent, merchandising. The only downside is all of this happens when the store is closed. So if you're down for early mornings and late nights, this is the type of job for you. On the bright side, at least you won't have to deal with hordes of shoppers.