Merchandise Displayers and Window Trimmers

Description

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

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.
  • Maintain props and mannequins, inspecting them for imperfections and applying preservative coatings as necessary.
  • 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.
  • Store, pack, and maintain records of props and display items.
  • 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.

Skills

Equipment Selection
Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
Science
Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Troubleshooting
Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Operation and Control
Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Programming
Writing computer programs for various purposes.
Management of Financial Resources
Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.
Operation Monitoring
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Equipment Maintenance
Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
Installation
Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
Repairing
Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

Abilities

Explosive Strength
The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
Memorization
The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
Wrist-Finger Speed
The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists.
Depth Perception
The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
Response Orientation
The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.
Glare Sensitivity
The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting.
Peripheral Vision
The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead.
Night Vision
The ability to see under low light conditions.
Dynamic Flexibility
The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.
Rate Control
The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.

Interests

Artistic
Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
Enterprising
Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
Realistic
Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Conventional
Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
Investigative
Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
Social
Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

Work Style

Attention to Detail
Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
Dependability
Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
Adaptability/Flexibility
Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
Stress Tolerance
Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
Independence
Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
Cooperation
Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
Concern for Others
Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
Initiative
Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
Integrity
Job requires being honest and ethical.
Achievement/Effort
Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.

Work Values

Relationships
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
Independence
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
Achievement
Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
Working Conditions
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
Support
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
Recognition
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.

Lay Titles

Chain Sales Representative
Decorator
Director of Display
Display Artist
Display Associate
Display Coordinator
Display Decorator
Display Department Manager
Display Designer
Display Director
Display Manager
Display Specialist
Display Trimmer
Draper
Free Lance Displayer
In Store Marketing Associate
Mannequin Decorator
Merchandise Displayer
Merchandiser
Merchandising Representative
Model Dresser
Presentation Specialist
Retail Merchandiser
Sales Representative
Show Floor Decorator
Showcase Trimmer
Store Merchandiser
Trimmer
Visual Manager
Visual Merchandiser (VM)
Visual Merchandising Manager
Visual Merchandising Specialist
Visual Presentation Manager
Window Decorator
Window Display Designer
Window Draper
Window Dresser
Window Trimmer Apprentice

National Wages and Employment Info

Median Wages (2008):
$12.7 hourly, $26,410 annual.
Employment (2008):
73,490 employees