SOC: 41-9012.00


Model garments or other apparel and accessories for prospective buyers at fashion shows, private showings, or retail establishments. May pose for photos to be used in magazines or advertisements. May pose as subject for paintings, sculptures, and other types of artistic expression.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
5,800 employed

Projected (2024):
5,800 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:

  • Actor
  • Actress
  • Agency Director
  • Art Class Model
  • Art Model
  • Artist's Model
  • Character Impersonator
  • Clothes Model
  • Fashion Model
  • Figure Model
  • Fine Arts Model
  • Free Lance Model
  • Hand Model
  • Hat Model
  • Male Model
  • Model
  • Nude Model
  • Photographer's Model
  • Professional Model
  • Runway Model
  • Spirits Model
  • Studio Model
  • Undraped Artist Model

  • Job Zone One: Little or No Preparation Needed


    Little or no previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, a person can become a waiter or waitress even if he/she has never worked before.


    Some of these occupations may require a high school diploma or GED certificate.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few days to a few months of training. Usually, an experienced worker could show you how to do the job.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Time Management
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Customer and Personal Service
  • English Language
  • Fine Arts
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Pose for artists and photographers.
  • Gather information from agents concerning the pay, dates, times, provisions, and lengths of jobs.
  • Follow strict routines of diet, sleep, and exercise to maintain appearance.
  • Record rates of pay and durations of jobs on vouchers.
  • Report job completions to agencies and obtain information about future appointments.
  • Assemble and maintain portfolios, print composite cards, and travel to go-sees to obtain jobs.
  • Work closely with photographers, fashion coordinators, directors, producers, stylists, make-up artists, other models, and clients to produce the desired looks, and to finish photo shoots on schedule.
  • Apply makeup to face and style hair to enhance appearance, considering such factors as color, camera techniques, and facial features.
  • Display clothing and merchandise in commercials, advertisements, or fashion shows.
  • Promote products and services in television commercials, on film, or in videos.
  • Make many quick changes backstage during fashion shows and yet maintain poised appearance before audiences.
  • Pose as directed, or strike suitable interpretive poses for promoting and selling merchandise or fashions during appearances, filming, or photo sessions.
  • Dress in sample or completed garments, and select accessories.
  • Wear character costumes and impersonate characters portrayed to amuse children and adults.
  • Stand, turn, and walk to demonstrate features of garments for observers at fashion shows, private showings, and retail establishments.
  • Hand out samples or gifts, demonstrate products, and converse with children and adults while dressed in costume.
  • Inform prospective purchasers about models, numbers, and prices of garments, the garments' designers, and where garments can be purchased.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Airbrushing tools
  • Blow dryers
  • Blurring brushes
  • Blush brushes
  • Bronzer brushes
  • Buffer brushes
  • Concealer brushes
  • Crease brushes
  • Curling irons
  • Eye shadow brushes
  • Eye sweep brushes
  • Eyebrow brushes
  • Eyebrow combs
  • Eyebrow tweezers
  • Eyelash curlers
  • Eyeliner brushes
  • Fan brushes
  • Foundation brushes
  • Hair clips
  • Hair combs
  • Hair straighteners
  • Kabuki brushes
  • Lip brushes
  • Makeup pencil sharpeners
  • Personal computers
  • Powder brushes
  • Stipple brushes
  • Tablet computers
  • Teaser hairbrushes
  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • LinkedIn
  • Tumblr
  • Twitter
  • Vine
  • Web browser software

  • sales and related

    industry stats

    SOC: 41-0000

    Total Employed: 14,462,120

    Average Annual Salary: $39,320