According to the University of Arkansas, "The Apparel Merchandising and Product Development (AMPD) program opens the door to careers in the fashion industry. Buyer, product development specialist, fashion coordinator, sales consultant, visual display artist, and quality assurance technician are only a few of the possibilities. Classes in business, retailing, apparel production, science, social science, and the liberal arts give students a basic knowledge about the textile and apparel industries. By selecting from a variety of minors, students can tailor this program to meet their goals. Program strengths include guest speakers who provide insight into today's careers, tours of major fashion centers, and internships, which provide valuable career experience."

Ability to Meet Deadlines Initiative Strong Computer/Technical Skills
Analytical Skills Leadership Skills Time Management Skills
Communication Skills (Oral, Written & Visual) Manufacturing & Textile Technology Comprehension Understanding of the Global Economy
Creative & Innovative Sewing Abilities Work Well with Others