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Apparel and textiles
K-State apparel and textiles graduates have great career prospects. In fact, both apparel manufacturing companies and retailers have a history of seeking out K-State graduates because of their creativity, product knowledge, interpersonal skills and willingness to diligently apply themselves to their work. As a K-State apparel and textiles student, you will join other talented individuals preparing for careers in apparel design, product development, merchandising and retail management. You will have opportunities to develop technical knowledge, problem solving skills and leadership abilities while being challenged to excel. The apparel and textile program at K-State emphasizes the importance of sustainability in understanding the production, distribution and consumption of apparel and textile goods. Students are encouraged to integrate sustainable concepts into all stages of the apparel supply chain. Apparel marketing Retailing is the largest single industry in the nation. Approximately one of every eight employed persons in the United States works in retailing in some capacity. There are nearly two million retail firms throughout this country, many of which sell apparel and textile products. The apparel marketing specialization prepares students for positions in product development, retail management, merchandising and marketing of apparel and textile products. K-State graduates work in retail organizations as department and store managers, operations managers, buyers, fashion coordinators, market researchers, visual merchandisers and distribution analysts. Graduates also work as sales representatives, merchandising managers, product brand managers and sourcing agents for apparel manufacturers. Recent graduates in apparel marketing have obtained management-level positions in firms including Dillard’s, JCPenney, Neiman Marcus, Gap, Saks, The Limited, Wal-Mart, Gear for Sport, Express, Talbots,...