Merchandise Displayers


Education and Training Requirements

High School

To work as a display worker, you must have at least a high school diploma. Important high school subjects include art, photography, woodworking, mechanical drawing, computer-aided design, and merchandising.

Postsecondary Training

Some employers require college courses in art, interior decorating, fashion design, advertising, or related subjects. Community and junior colleges that offer advertising and marketing courses may include display work in the curriculum. Fashion merchandising schools and fine arts institutes also offer courses useful to display workers.

Much of the training for display workers is gained on the job. They generally start as helpers for routine tasks, such as carrying props and dismantling sets. Gradually they are permitted to build simple props and work up to constructing more difficult displays. As they become more experienced, display workers who show artistic talent may be assigned to plan simple designs. The total training time varies depending on the beginner's ability and the variety and complexity of the displays.

Certification, Licensing, and Special Requirements

Certification or Licensing

There are no certification or licensing requirements for merchandise displayers.

Experience, Skills, and Personality Traits

Obtaining experience as a merchandise display helper or intern is key to breaking into the field. Contact clothing and department stores in your area to learn more about opportunities.

Besides education and experience, you will also need creative ability, manual dexterity, and mechanical aptitude to do this work. You should possess the strength and physical ability needed to be able to carry equipment and climb ladders. You also need agility to work in close quarters without upsetting the props.