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Fashion Designers

Also called: Designer, Fashion Designer, Design Director, Costume Designer

What they do:
Design clothing and accessories. Create original designs or adapt fashion trends.
On the job, you would:
  • 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.

Knowledge

Engineering and Technology
  • design
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
Social
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions
  • understanding people's reactions

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • create new and original ideas
  • come up with lots of ideas
Attention
  • pay attention to something without being distracted

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include creating, designing, and making your own rules.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Innovation
  • Dependability
  • Initiative
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Achievement/Effort

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Computer aided design CAD software
  • Autodesk AutoCAD Design Suite
  • C-DESIGN Fashion
Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel

Education

Education: (rated 3 of 5)
associate's degree or
some college
usually needed

Get started on your career:

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Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$62,860
per year, on average
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