Fashion Designers
SOC: 27-1022.00


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

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
23,100 employed

Projected (2024):
23,800 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Apparel Designer
  • Apparel Fashion Designer
  • Athletic Shoe Designer
  • Clothes Designer
  • Clothing Designer
  • Copyist
  • Costume Designer
  • Costume Director
  • Custom Furrier
  • Dance Costume Designer
  • Design Director
  • Designer
  • Dress Designer
  • Fashion Adviser
  • Fashion Consultant
  • Fashion Designer
  • Fashion Director
  • Fashion Illustrator
  • Fashion Supervisor
  • Fur Designer
  • Fur Finisher Tailor
  • Fur Remodeler
  • Fur Stylist
  • Fur Tailor
  • Furrier Designer
  • Hat Designer
  • Historic Clothing and Costume Maker
  • Image Consultant
  • Latex Fashions Designer
  • Men's Designer
  • Merchandising Director
  • Pattern Designer
  • Product Developer
  • Shoe Designer
  • Style Advisor
  • Stylist
  • Sweater Designer
  • Uniform Designer
  • Wardrobe Consultant
  • Wardrobe Image Consultant

  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed


    Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.


    Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Psychology
  • Geography
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Fine Arts
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • 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.
  • Design custom clothing and accessories for individuals, retailers, or theatrical, television, or film productions.
  • Determine prices for styles.
  • Draw patterns for articles designed, cut patterns, and cut material according to patterns, using measuring instruments and scissors.
  • Develop a group of products or accessories, and market them through venues such as boutiques or mail-order catalogs.
  • Read scripts and consult directors and other production staff to develop design concepts and plan productions.
  • Test fabrics or oversee testing so that garment care labels can be created.
  • Sew together sections of material to form mockups or samples of garments or articles, using sewing equipment.
  • Research the styles and periods of clothing needed for film or theatrical productions.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Computer data input scanners
  • Computer drawing tablets
  • Computer laser printers
  • Desktop computers
  • Drafting curves
  • Drawing scales
  • Dress forms
  • Fabric pressing equipment
  • Fabric shears
  • Fabric steamers
  • Garment templates
  • Industrial fabric cutting machines
  • Industrial sewing machines
  • Laptop computers
  • Layout T-squares
  • Measuring tapes
  • Personal computers
  • Sergers
  • Sewing needles
  • Steam irons
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software
  • Autodesk AutoCAD Design Suite
  • Autodesk SketchBook Pro
  • C-DESIGN Fashion
  • CLO Virtual Fashion Marvelous Designer
  • Corel CorelDraw Graphics Suite
  • Corel Painter
  • Fashion Toolbox software
  • Financial accounting software
  • Lectra Prima Vision Print Repeat
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Word
  • Optitex 3D Suite
  • Patternmaking software
  • Digital Fashion Pro
  • Web browser software

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    industry stats

    SOC: 27-0000

    Total Employed: 1,843,600

    Average Annual Salary: $56,980