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).