Beyond Graduation

FIT is internationally recognized for the quality of its programs and the caliber of its graduates. At FIT, you’re connected through a faculty of industry professionals and extensive networking opportunities. As a result, FIT graduates have a higher than average job placement rate.

fragrance bottles in labGraduates of the Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing program hold a variety of positions including marketing manager, global product development coordinator, fragrance evaluator, creative fragrance development manager, director of product education, and retail operations manager.

Graduates are placed at small and large cosmetics companies, fragrances developers, retail organizations, private-label manufacturers including Estée Lauder, Parfums Givenchy, Barneys, L’Oréal, Lancôme, Victoria’s Secret Beauty, Fresh Inc., Avon, Unilever, MAC, Clarins USA, and Coty.

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Where Beauty Meets Anthropology

As vice president of product development global marketing for The Estée Lauder Companies, Light works to determine what product launches are next for her brands.

Light describes herself as a sociologist or anthropologist for beauty. “You’re studying the consumer landscape … you have to look at nuances and signals and use this predictive information about what’s going to happen in the future,” she says. 

 And any successful cultural researcher has to explore what’s happening outside of their own environment. “When you're sitting in your office on Fifth Avenue, it’s a very myopic view of the world,” says Light, who’s lost count of the number of countries she’s visited for work. “Going places and seeing how locals want to appear and make themselves feel beautiful is an unbelievable advantage when studying peoplewhich is my job.”

It's not just about making beauty products, but it’s also about looking at data and doing things in a different way.

Orrea Light

Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing ’97, Cosmetics Fragrance Marketing and Management ’02
Orrea Light

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Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing
Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology
Business and Liberal Arts Center, Room B436
(212) 217-4250