Retail Management

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Retail managers are constantly needed in the dynamic and growing retail industry. While many people work as store associates, only the elite will become store managers who command higher salaries. Retail managers are in charge of the daily efficient and profitable operation of stores that sell specific lines of merchandise (such as food or clothing) or a wide variety of merchandise (such as department stores or discount stores). The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Retail Management provides training in selling, merchandising, buying, and management. This program is also endorsed by the Western Association of Food Chains (WAFC).

Program Codes

3048 Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Retail Management
5286 Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Retail Management

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Program Contacts

Susan Meschkow, Retail Management Coordinator
Office: BUS 133
Phone: (480) 425-6912
susan.meschkow@scottsdalecc.edu

Mark Barton, Program Director
Office: BUS 130
Phone: (480) 425-6913
mark.barton@scottsdalecc.edu

Sue Sandblom, Department Chair
Office: BUS 126
Phone: (480) 425-6792
susan.sandblom@scottsdalecc.edu

Brenda Lawson, Division Secretary
Office: BUS 121
Phone: (480) 423-6253
brenda.lawson@scottsdalecc.edu

Program Notes: Set up an advising meeting by emailing mark.barton@scottsdalecc.edu

Transfer Options

While the degree does not transfer to university business programs, specific courses may transfer as electives.

Career Outlook

The career outlook for retail managers is very bright with a projected growth rate of more than 10% in the next 10 years.

Employment Outlook*

The salary range for retail managers in Arizona is $37,000 to $60,000, depending on the number of years of experience and the level of college degree.

Job titles associated with retail management include:

  • Store Manager
  • Store Assistant Manager
  • Retail Buyer
  • Retail Merchandiser
  • Sales Manager

*Source: Occupational Information Network (O*NET) at https://www.onetonline.org.

Learning Opportunities
  • Business internships
  • DECA (student business association with professional development opportunities)
  • Service learning and volunteerism