Apparel Industry Workers

Tailor Measures Clothing

Apparel industry workers produce, maintain, or repair clothing and other consumer products made from cloth, leather, or fur. The three basic processes of garment production are cutting, sewing, and pressing. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, there are approximately 15,650 textile, apparel, and furnishings workers; 139,500 sewing machine operators; 21,660 tailors, dressmakers, and custom sewers; and 45,150 pressers. Apparel industry employees work primarily in manufacturing firms, though some are employed in retail establishments or laundries and dry-cleaners. They may be involved in creating apparel, from working with the pattern to cutting or sewing together parts of a garment through the final stages of finishing or inspecting the item.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Preparing material for clothing; cutting fabric according to patterns; sewing and producing finished clothing; cleaning, repairing, and maintaining clothing
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $50,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
School Subjects
  • Art
  • Computer Science
  • Family and Consumer Science
Experience Part-time work; on-the-job training
Personality Traits
  • Artistic
  • Hands On
  • Realistic
  • Computer
  • Interpersonal
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Poor
Advancement Prospects Poor
Outlook Decline
Career Ladder
  • Supervisor or Manager
  • Apparel Industry Worker
  • Assistant Apparel Industry Worker