Fashion designers help create dresses, suits, shoes, and other clothing and accessories.
Designers study fashion trends, sketch designs of clothing and accessories, select colors and fabrics, and oversee the final production of their designs.
Clothing designers create and help produce men’s, women’s, and children’s apparel, including casual wear, suits, sportswear, formalwear, outerwear, maternity, and intimate apparel.
Common responsibilities include:
- Creating the designs,
- Choosing the colors and fabrics,
- Overseeing technical designers
- Creating the prototypes and patterns
- Working with the manufacturers and suppliers during the production stage
In fashion design, employers usually seek individuals with a 2- or 4-year degree who are knowledgeable about textiles, fabrics, ornamentation, and fashion trends.
Jobs in the industry are expected to become open at an average rate over the next ten years with the best positions open in retail clothing. Fashions designers earn between $30,000 and $120,000 per year.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor