Fashion Designer Career Information

The following information is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Fashion Designers. Please visit the website for a more comprehensive breakdown of the data and here for a salary breakdown of tailors, dressmakers, and custom sewers.

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WHAT FASHION DESIGNERS DO


Fashion designers create original clothing, accessories, and footwear. They sketch designs, select fabrics and patterns, and give instructions on how to make the products they design.

Job Duties


  • Study fashion trends and anticipate designs that will appeal to consumers
  • Decide on a theme for a collection
  • Use computer-aided design (CAD) programs to create designs
  • Visit manufacturers or trade shows to get samples of fabric
  • Select fabrics, embellishments, colors, or a style for each garment or accessory
  • Work with other designers or team members to create prototype designs
  • Present design ideas to creative directors or showcase their ideas in fashion or trade shows
  • Market designs to clothing retailers or to consumers
  • Oversee the final production of their designs

PAY


National Average Annual Pay (2019): $86,110

Top 5 States

1. California

$93,870

2. New York

$92,860

3. New Hampshire

$81,280

4. Oregon

$80,220

5. Massachusetts

$80,080

Bottom 5 States

50. Utah

$47,870

49. Pennsylvania

$51,230

48. Wisconsin

$51,630

47. Hawaiʻi

$54,160

46. Florida

$56,390

TAILOR AND DRESSMAKER PAY


National Average Annual Pay (2019): $32,150


QUALITIES OF FASHION DESIGNERS


Artistic Ability

Fashion designers sketch their initial design ideas, which are used to create prototypes. Designers must be able to express their vision for the design through illustration.

Communication Skills

Throughout the design process, fashion designers must be able to communicate effectively. For example, they may need to instruct sewers about garment construction.

Decision-Making Skills

When working on teams, fashion designers are exposed to many ideas. They must be able to decide which ideas to incorporate into their designs.

Computer Skills

Fashion designers must be able to use computer-aided design (CAD) programs and be familiar with graphics editing software.

Creativity

Fashion designers work with a variety of fabrics, shapes, and colors. Their ideas must be unique, functional, and stylish.

Detail Oriented

Fashion designers must have a good eye for small differences in color and other details that can make a design successful.

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