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What You Need to Know About Fashion Designer

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

Daily Life Of a Fashion Designer

  • Examine sample garments on and off models, modifying designs to achieve desired effects.
  • Collaborate with other designers to coordinate special products and designs.
  • Visit textile showrooms to keep up-to-date on the latest fabrics.
  • Purchase new or used clothing and accessory items as needed to complete designs.
  • Test fabrics or oversee testing so that garment care labels can be created.
  • Draw patterns for articles designed, cut patterns, and cut material according to patterns, using measuring instruments and scissors.

What Every Fashion Designer Should Know

Below is a list of the skills most Fashion Designers say are important on the job.

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

Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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

Types of Fashion Designer

  • Fur Designer
  • Merchandising Director
  • Fashion Adviser
  • Fashion Director
  • Sweater Designer

Fashion Designer Job Outlook

In the United States, there were 23,800 jobs for Fashion Designer in 2016. New jobs are being produced at a rate of 2.5% which is below the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 600 new jobs for Fashion Designer by 2026. Due to new job openings and attrition, there will be an average of 2,300 job openings in this field each year.


The states with the most job growth for Fashion Designer are Idaho, Utah, and Colorado. Watch out if you plan on working in Pennsylvania, Vermont, or South Carolina. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Fashion Designer Salary

The average yearly salary of a Fashion Designer ranges between $36,420 and $155,470.


Fashion Designers who work in New York, California, or Alabama, make the highest salaries.

How much do Fashion Designers make in different U.S. states?

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $98,380
Arkansas $61,800
California $95,250
Colorado $63,110
Connecticut $72,280
Florida $57,770
Georgia $72,010
Hawaii $50,800
Kansas $65,490
Maine $80,540
Maryland $64,500
Massachusetts $77,990
Michigan $62,070
Minnesota $52,540
New Jersey $69,640
New Mexico $67,960
New York $95,830
North Carolina $71,330
Oregon $75,710
Pennsylvania $54,840
South Carolina $75,110
Texas $76,240
Utah $43,610
Washington $66,600
Wisconsin $45,940

Tools & Technologies Used by Fashion Designers

Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many Fashion Designers:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Web browser software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator
  • Corel CorelDraw Graphics Suite
  • Financial accounting software
  • Corel Painter
  • Autodesk SketchBook Pro

How to Become a Fashion Designer

What kind of Fashion Designer requirements are there?


How many years of work experience do I need?


Who Employs Fashion Designers?


Below are examples of industries where Fashion Designers work:


Career changers with experience as a Fashion Designer sometimes find work in one of the following fields:


Image Credit: Szilas in the Budapest Museum of Applied Arts via Public domain

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