Retail Management

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

Transfer Options

All HRM program classes transfer in some capacity to in-state universities as well as other institutions around the country - this excludes developmental academic courses.

Career and Employment Outlook

Graduates are prepared to:

  • Hotel Management
  • Restaurant Management
  • Sales Management
  • Front Office
  • Private Club Management
  • Event Planner
  • Meeting Manager
  • Sales Management
  • Director of Human Resources
  • Food and Beverage Director
  • Enter the workforce

Representative job titles:

  • Hotel (Lodging) Managers $24.90+ per hour)
  • Restaurant Managers ($25.02+ per hour)
  • Chef ($22.09+ per hour)

Employment of food service managers is projected to grow 9 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Those with several years of work experience in food service and a degree in hospitality, restaurant, or food service management will have the best job opportunities. (BLS, 2018)

Program Contacts and Info

Janelle Hoffman, Hospitality & Tourism Program Director
Office: AP-246
Phone: (480) 423-6260

Gary Ward, Division Chair
Office: AP-247
Phone: (480) 423-6685

Division Secretary
Office: AP-251
Phone: (480) 423-6578

Program Notes:

  • Set up an advising meeting by emailing
  • Enroll in the courses listed in the Program Curriculum above
  • For permission to take upper-level class:
    • Email and provide us with the following.
      • Full name
      • Student ID#
      • Course number and section of classes you would like to take
      • Brief explanation of your educational and industry background