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Start by getting a foot in the door by gaining retail experience learning merchandising skills and becoming sales-oriented, which is invaluable. Many assistant managers work their way up the ranks from clerk positions to department supervisors before becoming assistant store managers. A high school diploma or GED is the only minimum requirement. Important qualities to develop for this role include social orientation, attention to detail, stress tolerance and flexibility.
The only education requirement for an assistant store manager is a high school diploma or GED. If you have additional specialized training or a college degree in business management, it is a plus.