Fashion Designers

Design clothing and accessories. Create original designs or adapt fashion trends.

Median Annual Wage: $64,030

Education: Associate's degree (36%); Some college, no degree (25%); Bachelor's degree (24%)

Projected Growth: Decline (-3% or lower)

Related Job Titles: Designer; Design Director; Fashion Designer; Costume Designer; Product Developer; Apparel Fashion Designer; Clothing Designer; Dance Costume Designer; Historic Clothing and Costume Maker; Latex Fashions Designer

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Fashion Designers.

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  • Examine sample garments on and off models, modifying designs to achieve desired effects.
  • Sketch rough and detailed drawings of apparel or accessories, and write specifications such as color schemes, construction, material types, and accessory requirements.
  • Confer with sales and management executives or with clients to discuss design ideas.
  • Select materials and production techniques to be used for products.
  • Attend fashion shows and review garment magazines and manuals to gather information about fashion trends and consumer preferences.
  • Identify target markets for designs, looking at factors such as age, gender, and socioeconomic status.
  • Provide sample garments to agents and sales representatives, and arrange for showings of sample garments at sales meetings or fashion shows.
  • Adapt other designers' ideas for the mass market.
  • Purchase new or used clothing and accessory items as needed to complete designs.
  • Visit textile showrooms to keep up-to-date on the latest fabrics.
  • Collaborate with other designers to coordinate special products and designs.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Fashion Designers.

  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Management of Personnel Resources - Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Fashion Designers.

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