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JMP Education and Career Paths


The JMP program is designed to point high school students in the direction of potential career paths in the retail and supplier industry. The journey to get there can vary.  

The below are a few education paths that students can follow to break into the industry, as well as potential jobs that students can pursue. 

JMP → Bachelor’s Degree → MBA & CRA Program

Complete an MBA and the Certified Retail Analyst (CRA) program at NWACC and pursue jobs in Sales, Replenishment or Category Analyst roles in the Walmart supplier community or at Walmart.

Options:

  • Stay in an analyst role
  • Can continue to move into careers such as a Buyer, Replenishment Manager, National Account Manager, Product Development and others.

JMP → Bachelor’s Degree & CRA Program

Earn a Bachelor’s degree and complete the Certified Retail Analyst (CRA) program at NWACC and pursue entry level jobs in Sales, Replenishment or Category Analyst roles in the Walmart Supplier Community or at Walmart.

Options:

  • Stay in an analyst role
  • Continue to move into careers such as a Buyer, Replenishment Manager, National Account Manager, Product Development and others.

JMP → Associate Degree & CRA Program

Options:

  • Complete the AAS Business Management – Retail degree, complete the Certified Retail Analyst (CRA) program at NWACC and pursue entry level jobs in Sales, Replenishment or Category Analyst roles in the Walmart Supplier Community or at Walmart.
  • Complete the AAS Business Management – Retail degree, transfer associate credits to a four year college and earn a Bachelor's degree.

JMP → Entry Level Work

Complete JMP and with the skills gained, pursure entry level work after high school. Skills translate to other industries, not just retail. JMP outcomes include:

  • Excel and computer skills – translatable to many different industries
  • Understand supply chain and some problem solving skills
  • Learn how to sell products on Amazon

 

Long-Term Career Opportunities in Retail:

Supplier: Retailer:
Sales Analyst Financial Planner
Replenishment Manager / Analyst Replenishment Manager
Category Advisor/ Analyst Modular Planner
National Account Manager Buyer
Marketing Manager Sourcing Manager
Product Development Private Label Development
Business Development Manager Product Development