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Tech Skills Will Get You Ahead in Retail Careers

Hiring strategies for the nation's largest retail employers emphasis the trend that's been prevalent for at least the last half-decade: The industry is increasingly reliant on web-based consumers.

While an industry-wide move from brick-and-mortar shops might be slowing, online sales strategies are here to stay for the foreseeable future. Advancing in the professional landscape requires an IT-based skill set.

Consider more than 300 listings currently in the CareerCast Retail Network database qualify as IT jobs, as well.

These positions range from Head of Marketing, a career that requires extensive knowledge of statistical data tracking, to Project Designer/Architect, which demands expertise in 3-D rendering software.

Specific IT skills expected for higher level retails jobs vary, but the spectrum is vast. A professional with technological know-how, and a willingness to stay abreast of developing technology, can find a rewarding path in the retail industry.

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