Fashion Designers

Fashion designers create or adapt original designs for clothing for men, women, and children. Most specialize in one particular type of clothing, such as women's dresses or men's suits. Most designers work for textile, apparel, and pattern manufacturers. Some designers are self-employed and develop a clientele of individual customers or manufacturers. Others work for fashion salons, high-fashion department stores, and specialty shops. A few work in the entertainment industry, designing costumes. Fashion designers are also known as apparel and clothing designers. There are approximately 17,370 fashion designers employed in the United States.


Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Apparel Designers, Clothing Designers
Duties Create and promote designs for clothing and accessories
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but New York and California are fashion hubs
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
School Subjects
  • Art
  • Computer Science
  • Family and Consumer Science
Experience Several years of experience as an intern, assistant, or trainee
Personality Traits
  • Artistic
  • Creative
  • Enterprising
Skills
  • Drawing/Design
  • Interpersonal
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Decline
Career Ladder
  • Head Designer, or Owner of Design Firm, or Creative Director
  • Fashion Designer
  • Assistant Fashion Designer, or Assistant Cutter, or Assistant Technical Designer

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