Textile Manufacturing Workers

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. Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers hold about 573,650 jobs in the United States.

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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 about 44 percent of jobs are in North Carolina, Georgia, and California
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • Family and Consumer Science
  • Technical/Shop
Experience No experience is required for most positions
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Realistic
  • Technical
  • Computer
  • 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

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