Merchandise Displayers and Window Trimmers
SOC: 27-1026.00


Plan and erect commercial displays, such as those in windows and interiors of retail stores and at trade exhibitions.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
120,800 employed

Projected (2024):
124,100 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Account Representative
  • Apparel Merchandiser
  • Decorator
  • Display Artist
  • Display Associate
  • Display Decorator
  • Display Department Manager
  • Display Designer
  • Display Director
  • Display Manager
  • Display Specialist
  • Display Trimmer
  • Draper
  • Event Specialist
  • Freelance Displayer
  • In-Store Marketing Associate
  • Mannequin Decorator
  • Merchandise Associate
  • Merchandise Manager
  • Merchandiser
  • Merchandising Lead
  • Model Dresser
  • Presentation Specialist
  • Pricing Associate
  • Pricing/Signage Team Member
  • Retail Merchandiser
  • Showcase Trimmer
  • Stock Associate
  • Store Merchandiser
  • Trimmer
  • Visual Manager
  • Visual Merchandise Manager
  • Visual Merchandiser (VM)
  • Visual Merchandising Manager
  • Visual Merchandising Specialist
  • Visual Presentation Manager
  • Visual Specialist
  • Window Decorator
  • Window Display Designer
  • Window Draper
  • Window Dresser
  • Window Trimmer
  • Window Trimmer Apprentice

  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed


    Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.


    Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Fine Arts
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media

  • Tasks:

  • Take photographs of displays or signage.
  • Plan commercial displays to entice and appeal to customers.
  • Place prices or descriptive signs on backdrops, fixtures, merchandise, or floor.
  • Change or rotate window displays, interior display areas, or signage to reflect changes in inventory or promotion.
  • Obtain plans from display designers or display managers and discuss their implementation with clients or supervisors.
  • Develop ideas or plans for merchandise displays or window decorations.
  • Consult with advertising or sales staff to determine type of merchandise to be featured and time and place for each display.
  • Arrange properties, furniture, merchandise, backdrops, or other accessories, as shown in prepared sketches.
  • Construct or assemble displays or display components from fabric, glass, paper, or plastic, using hand tools or woodworking power tools, according to specifications.
  • Collaborate with others to obtain products or other display items.
  • Use computers to produce signage.
  • Dress mannequins for displays.
  • Select themes, lighting, colors, or props to be used.
  • Attend training sessions or corporate planning meetings to obtain new ideas for product launches.
  • Instruct sales staff in color coordination of clothing racks or counter displays.
  • Prepare sketches, floor plans, or models of proposed displays.
  • Cut out designs on cardboard, hardboard, or plywood, according to motif of event.
  • Install booths, exhibits, displays, carpets, or drapes, as guided by floor plan of building or specifications.
  • Install decorations, such as flags, banners, festive lights, or bunting on or in building, street, exhibit hall, or booth.
  • Create or enhance mannequin faces by mixing and applying paint or attaching measured eyelash strips, using artist's brush, airbrush, pins, ruler, or scissors.
  • Consult with store managers, buyers, sales associates, housekeeping staff, or engineering staff to determine appropriate placement of displays or products.
  • Maintain props, products, or mannequins, inspecting them for imperfections, doing touch-ups, cleaning up after customers, or applying preservative coatings as necessary.
  • Assemble or set up displays, furniture, or products in store space while utilizing colors, lights, pictures, or other accessories to display the product.
  • Supervise or train staff members on daily tasks, such as visual merchandising.
  • Store, pack, and maintain inventory records of props, products, or display items.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Air brushes
  • Artists' brushes
  • Claw hammers
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital cameras
  • Dollies
  • Glue guns
  • Hand saws
  • Ladders
  • Locking pliers
  • Personal computers
  • Phillips head screwdrivers
  • Power drills
  • Power saws
  • Power staplers
  • Rulers
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machines
  • Straight screwdrivers
  • Tack hammers
  • Tacker guns
  • Tile saws
  • Utility knives
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Systems Adobe InDesign
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software
  • Computer aided design CAD software
  • Data entry software
  • Email software
  • Graphics software
  • IBM Lotus Notes
  • Inventory control systems
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Word
  • Netscape Navigator
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Word processing software

  • arts design entertainment sports and media

    industry stats

    SOC: 27-0000

    Total Employed: 1,843,600

    Average Annual Salary: $56,980