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Working As An Associate Designer

  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Selling or Influencing Others
  • Getting Information
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • $57,046

    Average Salary

What Does An Associate Designer Do

Retail sales workers include both those who sell retail merchandise, such as clothing, furniture, and cars, (called retail salespersons) and those who sell spare and replacement parts and equipment, especially car parts (called parts salespersons). Both types of workers help customers find the products they want and process customers’ payments.

Duties

Retail sales workers typically do the following:

  • Greet customers and offer them assistance
  • Recommend merchandise based on customers’ wants and needs
  • Explain the use and benefit of merchandise to customers
  • Answer customers’ questions
  • Show how merchandise works, if applicable
  • Add up customers’ total purchases and accept payment
  • Inform customers about current sales, promotions, and policies about payments and exchanges

The following are examples of types of retail sales workers:

Retail salespersons work in stores where they sell goods, such as books, cars, clothing, cosmetics, electronics, furniture, lumber, plants, shoes, and many other types of merchandise.

In addition to helping customers find and select items to buy, many retail salespersons process the payment for the sale, which typically involves operating cash registers.

After taking payment for the purchases, retail salespersons may bag or package the purchases.

Depending on the hours they work, retail salespersons may have to open or close cash registers. This includes counting the money in the register and separating charge slips, coupons, and exchange vouchers. They may also make deposits at a cash office.

For information about other workers who receive and disburse money, see the profile on cashiers.

In addition, retail salespersons may help stock shelves or racks, arrange for mailing or delivery of purchases, mark price tags, take inventory, and prepare displays.

For some retail sales jobs, particularly those involving expensive and complex items, retail sales workers need special knowledge or skills. For example, those who sell cars must be able to explain the features of various models, manufacturers’ specifications, different types of options on the car, financing available, and the details of associated warranties.

In addition, retail sales workers must recognize security risks and thefts and understand their organization’s procedures for handling thefts—procedures that may include notifying security guards or calling police.

Parts salespersons sell spare and replacement parts and equipment, especially car parts. Most work in either automotive parts stores or automobile dealerships. They take customers’ orders, inform customers of part availability and price, and take inventory.

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How To Become An Associate Designer

Typically, there are no formal education requirements for retail sales workers. Most receive on-the-job training, which usually lasts a few days to a few months.

Education

Although retail or parts sales positions usually have no formal education requirements, some employers prefer applicants who have a high school diploma or equivalent, especially employers who sell technical products or “big-ticket” items, such as electronics or cars.

Training

Most retail sales workers receive on-the-job training, which usually lasts a few days to a few months. In small stores, an experienced employee often trains newly hired workers. In large stores, training programs are more formal and usually conducted over several days.

During training sessions, topics often include customer service, security, the store’s policies and procedures, and how to operate the cash register.

Depending on the type of product they are selling, employees may be given additional specialized training. For example, salespersons working in cosmetics get instruction on the types of products the store offers and for whom the cosmetics would be most beneficial. Likewise, those who sell computers may be instructed on the technical differences between computer products.

Because providing exceptional service to customers is a priority for many employers, employees often get periodic training to update and refine their skills.

Advancement

Retail sales workers typically have opportunities to advance to supervisory or managerial positions. Some employers want candidates for managerial positions to have a college degree.

As sales workers gain experience and seniority, they often move into positions that have greater responsibility and may be given their choice of departments in which to work. This opportunity often means moving to positions with higher potential earnings and commissions. The highest earnings potential usually involves selling “big-ticket” items—such as cars, jewelry, furniture, and electronics. These positions often require workers with extensive knowledge of the product and an excellent talent for persuasion.

Important Qualities

Customer-service skills. Retail sales workers must be responsive to the wants and needs of customers. They should explain the product options available to customers and make appropriate recommendations.

Interpersonal skills. A friendly and outgoing personality is important for these workers because the job requires almost constant interaction with people. 

Math skills. Retail sales workers must have the ability to calculate price totals, discounts, and change owed to customers.

Persistence. A large number of attempted sales may not be successful, so sales workers should not be discouraged easily. They must start each new sales attempt with a positive attitude.

Selling skills. Retail sales workers must be persuasive when interacting with customers. They must clearly and effectively explain the benefits of the merchandise.

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Average Length of Employment
Principal Designer 4.5 years
Interior Designer 4.2 years
Sweater Designer 4.1 years
Textile Designer 3.7 years
Head Designer 3.3 years
Graphic Designer 3.2 years
Fashion Designer 3.1 years
Designer 3.0 years
Apparel Designer 2.8 years
Men's Designer 2.5 years
Dress Designer 2.4 years
Freelance Designer 2.3 years
Associate Designer 2.0 years
Junior Designer 1.6 years
Assistant Designer 1.6 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 11.4%
Designer 6.1%
Assistant 1.6%
Associate 1.4%
Top Employers After
Designer 23.3%
Owner 2.1%
Consultant 2.1%

Associate Designer Demographics

Gender

Female

65.8%

Male

31.0%

Unknown

3.2%
Ethnicity

White

74.1%

Asian

12.1%

Hispanic or Latino

11.4%

Unknown

1.8%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

44.6%

French

9.5%

Mandarin

7.1%

Italian

6.0%

Chinese

6.0%

Korean

3.6%

German

3.6%

Japanese

3.6%

Cantonese

3.6%

Portuguese

3.0%

Russian

1.8%

Arabic

1.8%

Thai

1.2%

Greek

1.2%

Turkish

0.6%

Gujarati

0.6%

Hindi

0.6%

Vietnamese

0.6%

Croatian

0.6%

Albanian

0.6%
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Associate Designer Education

Schools

Fashion Institute of Technology

33.8%

Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising

11.9%

Parsons the New School for Design

7.9%

Savannah College of Art and Design

7.7%

Drexel University

3.8%

Academy of Art University

3.4%

Rhode Island School of Design

3.2%

Michigan State University

3.0%

University of Delaware

2.8%

Otis College of Art and Design

2.6%

Philadelphia University

2.6%

San Francisco State University

2.2%

Kent State University

2.2%

University of North Texas

2.0%

International Academy of Design and Technology

2.0%

Virginia Commonwealth University

2.0%

Art Institute of California - Inland

2.0%

Syracuse University

1.8%

University of Wisconsin - Stout

1.8%

University of Cincinnati

1.8%
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Majors

Graphic Design

41.3%

Interior Design

12.7%

Business

6.1%

Fine Arts

5.6%

Architecture

4.2%

Specialized Sales And Merchandising

4.1%

Apparel And Textiles

3.7%

Drafting And Design

2.9%

Communication

2.4%

Marketing

2.1%

Cosmetology

2.0%

Education

1.7%

Landscape Architecture

1.7%

Mechanical Engineering

1.7%

Design And Visual Communication

1.6%

Psychology

1.5%

Photography

1.2%

Computer Science

1.2%

Liberal Arts

1.1%

Theatre

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

51.6%

Associate

16.4%

Other

15.1%

Masters

11.7%

Certificate

3.8%

License

0.7%

Diploma

0.5%

Doctorate

0.2%
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Real Associate Designer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Associate Designer Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, LLP New York, NY Nov 01, 2016 $120,000
Associate Designer The Levy Group, Inc. New York, NY Apr 09, 2016 $115,000
Associate Design Director Mirum Inc. San Diego, CA Sep 16, 2016 $100,000
Associate Designer KPIT Infosystems, Inc. Renton, WA Aug 24, 2016 $90,160
Associate Designer IBM Corporation San Francisco, CA Feb 08, 2016 $88,001 -
$100,001
Associate Designer KPIT Infosystems Inc. Houston, TX Oct 16, 2016 $88,000
Associate Designer KPIT Infosystems Inc. Houston, TX Sep 30, 2016 $88,000
Associate Designer P Devos Designs Inc. New York, NY Sep 20, 2016 $85,700
Associate Designer GBG USA, Inc. Commerce, CA Nov 05, 2016 $85,000
Designer, Associate Samsung Research America, Inc. Mountain View, CA Aug 23, 2015 $85,000
Associate Designer Victoria's Secret Stores, LLC New York, NY Feb 12, 2016 $80,974
Associate Designer Victoria's Secret Stores, LLC New York, NY Sep 12, 2015 $80,621
Associate Designer LF Distribution International Inc. New York, NY Jan 10, 2016 $64,896
Associate Designer Tiffany & Co. New York, NY Jan 01, 2015 $63,225
Associate Designer Chico's Fas, Inc. Fort Myers, FL Dec 08, 2016 $62,131
Associate Designer/Jean Rag & Bone Industriess LLC NY Oct 01, 2015 $62,000 -
$75,000
Associate Designer, Denim Lane Bryant, Inc. New York, NY Feb 26, 2016 $61,402 -
$83,600
Associate Designer J.C. Penney Corporation, Inc. New York, NY Aug 16, 2016 $61,402 -
$97,700
Associate Designer Victoria's Secret Stores LLC New York, NY Sep 04, 2015 $61,069 -
$80,000
Associate Designer Infor (Us), Inc. New York, NY Sep 22, 2015 $60,500
Associate Designer Abercrombie & Fitch Trading Co. New Albany, OH Feb 01, 2015 $59,072 -
$75,000
Associate Designer Abercrombie & Fitch Trading Co. New Albany, OH Sep 17, 2015 $59,072 -
$61,500
Associate Designer Abercrombie & Fitch Trading Co. New Albany, OH Oct 01, 2015 $59,072 -
$64,500
Associate Designer Abercrombie & Fitch Trading Co. New Albany, OH Jan 10, 2015 $59,072 -
$64,500
Associate Designer AKQA, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jul 31, 2015 $58,885 -
$80,000
Associate Designer Meadowbrook Design Rodeo, CA Oct 09, 2016 $58,686

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Top Skills for An Associate Designer

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Top Associate Designer Skills

  1. New Fabrics
  2. CAD
  3. Tech Packs
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed new fabrics, yarns (stripes layouts) and advise on strike offs.
  • Developed and implemented CAD guidelines.
  • Updated tech packs to stay on top of Design sketch revision, construction details and specs following Concept line review.
  • Created presentation boards and illustrated design details.
  • Shopped retail stores for fashion trends in the swimwear market and conducted international trend research and color direction.

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