Apparel Industry Workers

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 14,080 textile, apparel, and furnishings workers; 161,400 sewing machine operators; 49,900 tailors, dressmakers, and custom sewers; and 54,300 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.


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

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