Average Estimated Salary (in NYC): $45,000

If you're looking to get into this industry but still not certain what specific career path you want to take, nabbing a job as an assistant merchandiser at a brand is a great place to start. In this role, you'll have your hands in the design, buying, and marketing aspects of a brand's collection. You won't be making decisions, but the dialogue that you will be apart of will be equip you with necessary tools for whatever career path you decide to take in the future. Pretty soon you might even be leading those conversations.