Retailing & Consumer Science Careers

Retailing & Consumer Science Careers

Planning your career in today’s dynamic job environment can be challenging. Active engagement in the career development process is a vital part of a student’s college experience and future success as a lifelong learner, professional, and citizen. Retailing & Consumer Science (RCSC) courses and the Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing programs prepare students for life after graduation by integrating career readiness throughout our curriculum.

The Retailing & Consumer Science B.S. degree is designed to give you the flexibility to tailor your learning for a variety of careers. Here are just a few possibilities:

  • Merchandise Buyer
  • Assortment Planner
  • Pricing Analyst
  • Category Manager
  • Sustainability Specialist
  • Brand Manager
  • Digital Retailer
  • Retail Operations Manager
  • Product Developer
  • Product Manager
  • Product Analyst
  • UX (usability) Specialist
  • Supply Chain Manager
  • Logistics Analyst
  • Distribution Manager
  • Marketing Analyst
  • Marketing Specialist
  • Marketing and Advertising Manager
  • Experiential Marketing Manager
  • Public Relations Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Digital Analyst
  • Digital Content Developer
  • Digital Marketing Manager
  • Social Media Manager
  • Community Manager
  • Sales Manager
  • Manufacturer’s Representative


Career-Readiness Courses

The RCSC Program includes two dedicated career success courses that are designed to help you discover your strengths and prepare for internships and careers.

RCSC 295A Career Exploration (1 unit, required) Personal and professional development for RCSC students. This course prepares students to apply for internships and to enter the workforce by providing tools and resources for internship and career success. Topics include personal branding, professional dress, resumes, cover letters, and success factors in interviews and internships.

RCSC 495A Career Success (1 unit, recommended) Graduating seniors will engage in five workshops to include: how to negotiate your salary; how to adapt to a professional/corporate environment; several aspects of professionalism including proper communication etiquette, email netiquette, and dining etiquette.

Internships, Practicums and Other Individual Studies

RCSC students are encouraged to engage in internships, career-oriented practicums, independent studies, and directed research projects. This is a great way to build career-related credentials and to explore career possibilities.

Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing

The center connects the RCSC student experience to the retailing, brand and related industries. Programming and initiatives are designed for one, over-arching purpose: expanding on the knowledge and innovation within the broad and diverse retailing and brand industry. For students, our efforts are designed to provide opportunities to apply the learnings gained in the RCSC academic program through close interaction with industry leaders and experiential, hands-on engagements. The center hosts career development activities such as case competitions, study tours, workshops and seminars.

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CALES Career Center

The College of Agriculture, Life and Environmental Sciences (CALES) Career Center’s mission is to cultivate the entrepreneurial mindset of all CALES students. The role of the CALES Career Center is to offer broad support to all students in CALES in preparation for post-degree careers. The Center’s focus is to help students refine personal narratives and identify career paths that align with individual interests and needs. The resources available support students in developing the CALES Career Competencies and entrepreneurial mindset encompassing the transferable skills that allow CALES graduates to lead and innovate in any sector or industry.

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Student Development and Careers Services

University of Arizona Student Engagement & Career Development helps to prepare all UA graduates to create lives of opportunity aligned with their purpose and values. Services offered included employable skills and leadership training, career panning, and career networking.

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