Job description

Merchandise displayers arrange, design and assemble promotional displays for retail stores and at trade shows. They arrange surrounding furniture or backdrops to ensure their displays are clearly visible to potential customers in order to increase a brand's overall sales and improve customer retention.


    • Arrange, design and assemble promotional displays
    • Erect and set up displays on walls, windows and booths
    • Move surrounding furniture, backdrops and other properties to make display visible
    • Plan and design displays to increase overall sales and improve customer retention
    • Create and follow prepared sketches for merchandise display
    • Put prices or descriptive signs on displays
    • Communicate and consult with store managers or supervisors to plan placement of display
    • Travel to trade shows to set up displays

Skills and qualities

Physical stamina
Physical strength
Attention to detail

Job outlook

Projected growth
The projected growth rate of employment in the US from 2018 to 2028, based on data collected through the BLS Employment Projections (EP) programme. The national average growth rate for all professions is 5%.


New jobs
The number of jobs projected to become available in the US between 2018 and 2028, based on data collected through the BLS Employment Projections (EP) programme.


Automation risk
The probability of computerisation, based on data published in ‘The Future of Employment’, a 2013 working paper by Carl Benedikt Frey and Michael Osborne.


Career progression

Merchandise displayers can progress to become a display director or head of store planning. Some even go on to open their own design business. With the right education and experience, there is also the opportunity to advance to other art-related fields, such as interior design or photography.

Working conditions

Average hours

40h/ week

Typical schedule

Full Time

Nights and weekends occasionally

Merchandise displayers typically work for retail stores. A great deal of physical stamina is required for this role, especially when setting up and erecting displays. The role involves a high level of social contact, liaising and arranging displays with store managers and supervisors.

The work may also involve research to understand what is needed, as well as composing and implementing design ideas.

Merchandise displayers who erect displays at trade exhibitions may spend a lot of their time travelling.


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Annual salary estimates are based on percentile wage data collected through the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey of US workers.

Qualifications and training

Education level

High school

On-the-job training

Study time

12 months

A high school diploma or equivalent is usually sufficient for aspiring merchandise displayers. However, those with an associate’s degree in art, design or fine arts are considered more appropriate for this role.

Most of the training is provided on the job, but prior experience, such as working in a retail store or as an artist, is highly beneficial.

Last Updated: Wednesday, November 2, 2022

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