Textile Manufacturing Workers

Textile Worker Monitors Machine

Textile manufacturing workers prepare natural and synthetic fibers for spinning into yarn and manufacture yarn into textile products that are used in clothing, in household goods, and for many industrial purposes. Among the processes that these workers perform are cleaning, carding, combing, and spinning fibers; weaving, knitting, or bonding yarns and threads into textiles; and dyeing and finishing fabrics. There are approximately 137,510 workers employed in apparel manufacturing and 16,560 textile, apparel, and furnishings workers, according to the Department of Labor.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Beam-Warper Tenders, Cloth Testers, Dye-Range Operators, Frame Spinners, Loom Operators, Screen Printers, Spinneret Operators, Staple Cutters, Textile Production Workers, Weavers
Duties Operate machinery that produces textile products that are used in clothing, in household goods, and for many industrial purposes
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions, but many jobs are in North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, California, and New Jersey
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
School Subjects
  • Family and Consumer Science
  • Technical/Shop
Experience On-the-job training
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Realistic
  • Technical
  • Interpersonal
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Poor
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Decline
Career Ladder
  • Plant Manager
  • Supervisor
  • Trainer
  • Experienced Textile Manufacturing Worker
  • Entry-Level Textile Manufacturing Worker