Textile & Apparel Studies
Types of Degrees Textile & Apparel Studies Majors Are Getting
The following table lists how many textile and apparel studies graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.
|Education Level||Number of Grads|
What Textile & Apparel Studies Majors Need to Know
O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to textile studies and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.
Knowledge Areas for Textile Studies Majors
This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:
- English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
- Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
- Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
- Sales and Marketing - Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
- Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Skills for Textile Studies Majors
A major in textile studies prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:
- 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.
- Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
- Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
- Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Abilities for Textile Studies Majors
As a textile studies major, you will find yourself needing the following abilities:
- Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
- Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
- Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
- Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
- Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
What Can You Do With a Textile & Apparel Studies Major?
Below is a list of occupations associated with textile studies:
|Job Title||Job Growth Rate||Median Salary|
|Farm and Home Management Advisors||7.7%||$49,840|
Who Is Getting a Master’s Degree in Textile & Apparel Studies?
At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of textile studies majors is as follows:
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||24|
|Hispanic or Latino||11|
Students from other countries are interested in Textile Studies, too. About 34.3% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:
- South Korea
How Much Do Textile & Apparel Studies Majors Make?
Master’s Degree Starting Salary
According to 2017-2018 data from the U.S. Department of Education, students who graduated with a master’s degree in textile studies have a median salary of $43,900 during the early years of their career. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $43,900 (25th percentile) and $43,900 (75th percentile).
It is possible that some of these people may have taken positions that were not related to textile studies.
Salaries According to BLS
Textile Studies majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $52,700 to $87,610 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.
To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.
Amount of Education Required for Careers Related to Textile & Apparel Studies
Some careers associated with textile studies require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.
How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to textile studies have obtained the following education levels.
|Education Level||Percentage of Workers|
|Less than a High School Diploma||3.1%|
|High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED)||10.5%|
|Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production)||3.6%|
|Some College Courses||8.4%|
|Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree)||9.4%|
|Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master.||1.3%|
|Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level.||1.5%|
|First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession.||3.8%|
Online Textile & Apparel Studies Programs
In the 2018-2019 academic year, 135 schools offered some type of textile and apparel studies program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.
|Degree Level||Colleges Offering Programs||Colleges Offering Online Classes|
|Certificate (Less Than 1 Year)||42||1|
|Certificate (1-2 years)||41||1|
|Certificate (2-4 Years)||0||0|
|Doctor’s Degree (Research)||6||0|
|Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice)||0||0|
|Doctor’s Degree (Other)||0||0|
Is a Degree in Textile & Apparel Studies Worth It?
The median salary for a textile studies grad is $59,120 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.
This is 48% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $384,400 after 20 years!
Majors Related to Textile & Apparel Studies
You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to textile studies.
|Major||Number of Grads|
|Human Development & Family Studies||43,687|
|Food, Nutrition & Related Services||5,318|
|General Family & Consumer Sciences||3,753|
|Family & Consumer Economics||1,593|
|Human Sciences Business Services||477|
|Family, Consumer & Human Sciences (Other)||192|
- College Factual
- College Scorecard
- National Center for Education Statistics
- O*NET Online
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
- Usual Weekly Earnings of Wage and Salary Workers First Quarter 2020
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