Fashion Designers

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

Salary at 10th Percentile: $33,910
Median Salary: $67,420
Salary at 90th Percentile: $135,490

Direct and coordinate workers involved in drawing and cutting patterns and constructing samples or finished garments.

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.

Identify target markets for designs, looking at factors such as age, gender, and socioeconomic status.

Attend fashion shows and review garment magazines and manuals to gather information about fashion trends and consumer preferences.

Select materials and production techniques to be used for products.

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.

Technology
Example
Hot Technology
Document management software
Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat
Graphics or photo imaging software
Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator
Computer aided design CAD software
Autodesk AutoCAD Design Suite
Accounting software
Financial accounting software
Spreadsheet software
Microsoft Excel
Office suite software
Microsoft Office
Electronic mail software
Microsoft Outlook
Word processing software
Microsoft Word
Internet browser software
Web browser software
Tool
Example
Hot Technology
Scanners
Computer data input scanners
Graphics tablets
Computer drawing tablets
Laser printers
Computer laser printers
Desktop computers
Desktop computers
Curves
Drafting curves
Scales
Drawing scales
Full body form or mannequin
Dress forms
Ironing machines or presses
Fabric pressing equipment
Shears
Fabric shears
Steam pressing machines
Fabric steamers
Sewing patterns
Garment templates
Cloth cutting machines
Industrial fabric cutting machines
Sewing machines
Industrial sewing machines
Notebook computers
Laptop computers
T squares
Layout T-squares
Tape measures
Measuring tapes
Personal computers
Personal computers
Sewing needles
Sewing needles
Domestic clothing irons
Steam irons
Design
68%
Importance

Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

English Language
54%
Importance

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Production and Processing
50%
Importance

Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

Administration and Management
49%
Importance

Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

Sales and Marketing
46%
Importance

Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

Education and Training
44%
Importance

Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

Customer and Personal Service
41%
Importance

Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

Mathematics
40%
Importance

Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Fine Arts
39%
Importance

Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

Computers and Electronics
36%
Importance

Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Active Listening
75%
Importance

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Critical Thinking
75%
Importance

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Speaking
72%
Importance

Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Active Learning
72%
Importance

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Social Perceptiveness
72%
Importance

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Coordination
72%
Importance

Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Judgment and Decision Making
72%
Importance

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Reading Comprehension
69%
Importance

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Complex Problem Solving
69%
Importance

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Time Management
69%
Importance

Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Oral Expression
78%
Importance

The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Oral Comprehension
75%
Importance

The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Originality
75%
Importance

The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.

Written Comprehension
72%
Importance

The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Fluency of Ideas
72%
Importance

The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).

Deductive Reasoning
72%
Importance

The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Inductive Reasoning
72%
Importance

The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Problem Sensitivity
69%
Importance

The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Written Expression
66%
Importance

The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Visualization
66%
Importance

The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.

Thinking Creatively
96%
Importance

Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
88%
Importance

Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
88%
Importance

Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

Getting Information
86%
Importance

Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People
81%
Importance

Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.

Scheduling Work and Activities
81%
Importance

Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
80%
Importance

Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
80%
Importance

Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.

Making Decisions and Solving Problems
79%
Importance

Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

Selling or Influencing Others
78%
Importance

Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions.

Coordinate design activities.

Develop artistic or design concepts for decoration, exhibition, or commercial purposes.

Draw detailed or technical illustrations.

Write informational material.

Collaborate with others to develop or refine designs.

Conduct market research.

Monitor current trends.

Select materials or props.

Promote products, activities, or organizations.

Maintain inventories of materials, equipment, or products.

Build models, patterns, or templates.

Study scripts to determine project requirements.

Conduct research to inform art, designs, or other work.

Structured versus Unstructured Work

To what extent is this job structured for the worker, rather than allowing the worker to determine tasks, priorities, and goals?

Electronic Mail

How often do you use electronic mail in this job?

Contact With Others

How much does this job require the worker to be in contact with others (face-to-face, by telephone, or otherwise) in order to perform it?

Indoors, Environmentally Controlled

How often does this job require working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions?

Spend Time Sitting

How much does this job require sitting?

Letters and Memos

How often does the job require written letters and memos?

Time Pressure

How often does this job require the worker to meet strict deadlines?

Freedom to Make Decisions

How much decision making freedom, without supervision, does the job offer?

Work With Work Group or Team

How important is it to work with others in a group or team in this job?

Face-to-Face Discussions

How often do you have to have face-to-face discussions with individuals or teams in this job?

Major
Textile Science
Fashion/Apparel Design
Artistic

Score: 100 / 100

Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.

Enterprising

Score: 86 / 100

Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.

Realistic

Score: 57 / 100

Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.

Social

Score: 33 / 100

Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

Investigative

Score: 24 / 100

Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.

Conventional

Score: 19 / 100

Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

Attention to Detail
98%
Importance

Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.

Innovation
92%
Importance

Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.

Dependability
91%
Importance

Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.

Initiative
90%
Importance

Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.

Adaptability/Flexibility
88%
Importance

Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.

Achievement/Effort
85%
Importance

Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.

Independence
84%
Importance

Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.

Stress Tolerance
84%
Importance

Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.

Leadership
83%
Importance

Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.

Cooperation
81%
Importance

Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.

Achievement
81%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.

Working Conditions
76%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.

Independence
76%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.

Recognition
67%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.

Relationships
57%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.

Support
29%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.

Career
Commercial and Industrial Designers
Editors
Graphic Designers
Directors- Stage, Motion Pictures, Television, and Radio
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators
Music Composers and Arrangers
Landscape Architects
Set and Exhibit Designers
Chefs and Head Cooks
Floral Designers