Retail Management

Retail Management

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

This program does NOT transfer into a business degree program at a university. To pursue a bachelor’s degree in business, please follow the Business University Transfer (ABUS) program.

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

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

Susan Meschkow, Program Coordinator
Office: BUS 133
Phone: 480.425.6912

Sue Sandblom, Department Chair
Office: BUS 126
Phone: 480.425.6792

Brenda Lawson, Division Secretary
Office: BUS 121
Phone: 480.423.6253

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