CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Merchandise Displayers and Window Trimmers

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Art and Design
Job Family: Designers
Benchmark Title: Merchandise Displayers and Window Trimmers
Summary Job Description Tasks
Plan and erect commercial displays, such as those in windows and interiors of retail stores and at trade exhibitions. Take photographs of displays and signage.
Plan commercial displays to entice and appeal to customers.
Place prices and descriptive signs on backdrops, fixtures, merchandise, or floor.
Change or rotate window displays, interior display areas, and 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 and sales staff to determine type of merchandise to be featured and time and place for each display.
Arrange properties, furniture, merchandise, backdrops, and other accessories, as shown in prepared sketches.
Construct or assemble displays and display components from fabric, glass, paper, and plastic, using hand tools and woodworking power tools, according to specifications.
Collaborate with others to obtain products and 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, and props to be used.
Attend training sessions and corporate planning meetings to obtain new ideas for product launches.
Instruct sales staff in color coordination of clothing racks and 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, and plywood, according to motif of event.
Install booths, exhibits, displays, carpets, and drapes, as guided by floor plan of building and specifications.
Install decorations such as flags, banners, festive lights, and bunting on or in building, street, exhibit hall, or booth.
Create and enhance mannequin faces by mixing and applying paint and attaching measured eyelash strips, using artist's brush, airbrush, pins, ruler, and scissors.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Art and Design
Job Family: Designers
Benchmark Title: Merchandise Displayers and Window Trimmers
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Sales and Marketing Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
Design Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Art and Design
Job Family: Designers
Benchmark Title: Merchandise Displayers and Window Trimmers
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Art and Design
Job Family: Designers
Benchmark Title: Merchandise Displayers and Window Trimmers
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Extent Flexibility The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Trunk Strength The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
Static Strength The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
Gross Body Coordination The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
Stamina The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
Gross Body Equilibrium The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Art and Design
Job Family: Designers
Benchmark Title: Merchandise Displayers and Window Trimmers
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator Graphics or photo imaging software
Autodesk AutoCAD software Computer aided design CAD software
Computer aided design CAD software Computer aided design CAD software
Data entry software Data base user interface and query software
Email software Electronic mail software
Graphics software Graphics or photo imaging software
IBM Lotus Notes Electronic mail software
Inventory control systems Inventory management software
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet software
Microsoft Internet Explorer Internet browser software
Microsoft Office software Office suite software
Microsoft Outlook Electronic mail software
Microsoft Word Word processing software
Netscape Navigator Internet browser software
Spreadsheet software Spreadsheet software
Word processing software Word processing software
Air brushes Air brushes
Artists' brushes Paint brushes
Claw hammers Hammers
Desktop computers Desktop computers
Digital cameras Digital cameras
Dollies Dollies
Glue guns Glue guns
Hand saws Saws
Ladders Ladders
Locking pliers Locking pliers
Personal computers Personal computers
Phillips head screwdrivers Screwdrivers
Power drills Power drills
Power saws Power saws
Power staplers Power staple guns
Rulers Rulers
Scissors Shears
Sewing machines Domestic sewing machines
Straight screwdrivers Screwdrivers
Tack hammers Hammers
Tacker guns Power nail guns
Tile saws Power saws
Utility knives Utility knives
CompGeo Occupation Group: Art and Design
Job Family: Designers
Benchmark Title: Merchandise Displayers and Window Trimmers
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)
On-Site or In-Plant Training Up to and including 1 month
Related Work Experience None
On-the-Job Training Over 1 month, up to and including 3 months
CompGeo Occupation Group: Art and Design
Job Family: Designers
Benchmark Title: Merchandise Displayers and Window Trimmers
Alternate Job Title(s)
Apparel Merchandiser
Chain Sales Representative
Director of Display
Display Artist
Display Associate
Display Coordinator
Display Decorator
Display Department Manager
Display Designer
Display Director
Display Manager
Display Specialist
Display Trimmer
Free Lance Displayer
In-Store Marketing Associate
Mannequin Decorator
Merchandise Displayer
Merchandising Representative
Model Dresser
Presentation Specialist
Retail Merchandiser
Sales Representative
Show Floor Decorator
Showcase Trimmer
Store Merchandiser
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
CompGeo Occupation Group: Art and Design
Job Family: Designers
Benchmark Title: Merchandise Displayers and Window Trimmers
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