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What Does it Take to Be a Model?

Position Description 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.

Daily Life Of a Model

  • 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.
  • Wear character costumes and impersonate characters portrayed to amuse children and adults.
  • Record rates of pay and durations of jobs on vouchers.
  • Dress in sample or completed garments, and select accessories.
  • Hand out samples or gifts, demonstrate products, and converse with children and adults while dressed in costume.
  • Pose for artists and photographers.

Qualities of a Model

These are the skills Models say are the most useful in their careers:

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

Time Management: Managing one’s own time and the time of others.

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.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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

Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Other Model Job Titles

  • Character Impersonator
  • Fashion Model
  • Professional Model
  • Undraped Artist Model
  • Agency Director

Is There Job Demand for Models?

There were about 4,800 jobs for Model in 2016 (in the United States). There is little to no growth in job opportunities for Model. The BLS estimates 800 yearly job openings in this field.

Forecasted Number of Jobs for Models in U.S.

The states with the most job growth for Model are Washington, Alaska, and Florida. Watch out if you plan on working in Iowa, Ohio, or Idaho. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Model Salary

The typical yearly salary for Models is somewhere between $18,320 and $49,140.

Salary Ranges for Models

Models who work in Florida, New Jersey, or Ohio, make the highest salaries.

How much do Models make in each U.S. state?

State Annual Mean Salary
Arizona $24,050
California $43,810
Florida $51,370
Illinois $27,110
Maryland $34,110
Massachusetts $35,330
New Jersey $55,110
New York $34,720
Ohio $39,860
Oregon $34,770
Pennsylvania $39,090
Tennessee $20,190
Texas $19,560
Virginia $26,230

What Tools do Models Use?

Below is a list of the types of tools and technologies that Models may use on a daily basis:

  • Web browser software
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Instagram
  • Tumblr

Becoming a Model

Education needed to be a Model:

Model Degree Level

What work experience do I need to become a Model?

Model Work Experience

Where Models Are Employed

Model Sectors

The table below shows some of the most common industries where those employed in this career field work.

Model Industries


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