Are you a fashionista? Do you have eyes for colorful, trendy outfit? Does fashion drive you crazy? If YES, here are 50 high paying fashion related career ideas.
The fashion industry is a daunting one. It is a demanding and competitive industry where creativity is constantly tested to keep up with changing trends and a demanding audience, and yet the fashion industry has an allure that cannot be resisted. For most career people that want to join the industry, the best place to start from is to be an intern because this is where you’d likely get the real world or practical experience from.
Apart from being an intern, having an online presence helps greatly- like being on LinkedIn, as you can use that tool to search for fashion platforms, and apply for jobs whenever they crop up. You can also use the online presence to showcase your talent and your strong points. This will be of great help to you, especially if you go for a job interview. It is a great way to impress your prospective employer.
It is also good to keep up with fashion trends, by staying updated to whatever happens in the industry. This ensures that you remain knowledgeable, and might be used to your advantage whenever you get a big break. An aspiring fashion career minded individual should be creative, enthusiastic, and optimistic.
Below are 50 careers available in the fashion industry for serious minded individuals, the list isn’t exhaustive, and more jobs than listed are available in the industry.
50 High Paying Fashion Related Career ideas
- Become a Visual Merchandisers & Display Designer
Visual merchandise and Display designers use their skills to design windows display, create props and accent, and organize clothing placements, style mannequins, and spear head marketing campaigns. Visual merchandise and display designers differ a bit in their roles, for while display designers often work at exhibition and events; visual merchandisers usually worked in retail and departmental stores. Visual merchandisers also source for props, accessories, and lighting.
There are no specific qualifications for those aspirants but there must be a flair for design and color, and a great deal of creativity and imagination. Also there are light training courses that can be undertaken.
- Become a Fashion Designer
Fashion designers create designs for accessories and clothing by either sewing the fabrics themselves, or overseeing the creation by their employees so the design can be brought to fruition. Fashion designers not only use their hands to sketch, they can also use Computer-aided Design (CAD) software, in achieving the design they want. Fashion designers not only are aware of colors and fabrics, they must also be aware of the fashion business such as marketing and merchandising.
Fashion designers either work for their own labels or for other bigger labels. Most fashion designers get their fashion degree from traditional schools, while others attend fashion schools but it is expected that students develop basic fashion skills before applying, as prospective students might be made to submit their portfolio as well as pass design and sewing tests when they apply.
- Become a Set Decorator
Set decorators design the physical surroundings a shoot takes place such as the scenery, furniture and props that the audience sees. Set decorators usually have to read the script before production so as to understand what is to be achieved. Set decorators work with directors and communicate their thoughts by giving a rough sketch of what they hope to achieve. They also work with the costume departments, lighting and sound designers, so that the project’s vision could be achieved.
Some set decorators also produce set design for museums and trade shows. To be a set decorator, one would need a degree in interior design, art, or architecture, and a specialist course in film or theatre design.
- Become a Interior Designer
An interior designer produces interior concept that aims to increase the beauty, functionality and safety of a particular space or area. An interior designer seeks to combine form with function. An interior designer can work on anything and any place from corporate offices, residential homes, to shopping malls and hospitals. After conferring with the client and offering recommendations, the designer creates a detailed plan, while ensuring he or she remains within the client’s budget.
The least educational requirement is a bachelor’s degree, while some states in the US require that licensure be obtained to either work as an interior designer or uses the designation.
- Become a Graphic Designer
A graphic designer creates design solutions that have a high visual impact. The designs are such that can be used on variety of products and activities such as books, magazines, websites, exhibitions, displays, websites, posters, and such other related products and activities. A graphic designer can either be self employed, a freelance, or working within an organization.
A graphic designer would require a degree in graphic design, photography, visual art, communication design or any relevant field deemed necessary, though no degree might be necessary for those self-employed or working freelance but will still be of an advantage, as job offers are based on portfolios.
- Become a Clothing Pattern maker
Clothing pattern makers interpret a design sketch by producing master patterns from designs. They usually work with fashion designers to develop a style that fits with the image of the company. A patternmaker chooses the correct ‘block’, and makes adjustments to the pattern to arrive at a sample pattern. They also advise on the correct machining technique to use.
Earning a degree in pattern making or fashion design in art institute or fashion design school is ideal.
- Become a Fashion Sales Representative
Fashion sales representatives sell the fashion products for a particular company. This involves working with clients, showing them clothing, and providing advice as to what might best fit the client. Some fashion representatives facilitate larger quantity sales to smaller locations, especially the ones that will carry the stores wares. The least educational requirement is a high school diploma or its equivalent.
- Become an Accessory Designer
Accessory designers design bags, belts, shoes, jewelry and other fashion accessories. They usually assess current trends and predict on what will be in style in the next season. They also use trend reports to decide on fabrics, shapes and colors for their accessories. They usually might sketch their design or use computer-aided design software to produce a prototype, so that modifications can be made before production.
An accessory designer might create patterns, sew samples, and participate in all the design stages, or just specialize in one task while overseeing the others. Accessory designers require a bachelor degree in fashion design, accessory design or fashion merchandising.
- Become a Pattern Grader
A pattern grader takes a pattern and reproduces a scaled version, either up or down so that manufacturers can reproduce the same garment in different sizes. This job is done either using a hand drafting technique and size charts, or scanning the outline of the pattern before they are sent to the designer or manufacturer.
Pattern graders work closely with pattern cutters and sample machinists. Most pattern graders start out as pattern grading assistants, or go for an apprenticeship in fashion and textiles.
Fashion photographers work with models and fashion designers so as to conceptualize and shoot photos that will highlight fashion and its products in an exciting and memorable way. They require a strong knowledge of the technical elements of photography, which includes lighting, composition and sharpness; they also have to be aware of photographic and fashion trends. Fashion photographers usually work for catalogues, fashion magazines, fashion houses, or advertising agencies.
They could also work freelance or be self-employed. To become a fashion photographer, one can be an apprentice to an established photographer. Fashion photographers get jobs through their photographic skills, and portfolios.
- Become a Pattern Cutter
Pattern cutters create their drawings based on the drawing of the designer. They can do this by either developing the pattern from a standard pattern ‘block’ made of cardboard, adapt a pattern ‘base’ which is also made of cardboard, or hand-cut a light weight fabric according to how it falls on a dummy.
Pattern cutters can use computer software or their hand to create pattern pieces, or a combination of both. Having an apprenticeship in Fashion and Textiles, plus professional experience is highly beneficial.
- Become a Sample Machinist
A sample machinist creates the first sample of a new design. The sample machinist works with the designer so as to achieve the desired end product, before production details can be given to a manufacturer. The sample machinist also works closely with the pattern cutter and garment technologist when sewing the sample. The sample machinist can either sew by machine or by hand, and also presses the finished garment.
They also carry out quality control checks during production. Work is done in an office environment. An apprenticeship in fashion and textiles, plus professional experience is highly necessary. Sample machinists can often start from sewing machinists on a production line.
- Become a Textile Designer
A textile designer is required to understand and accurately interpret the ideas, needs, and requirements of clients, by considering how the textile would be used and what properties – weight, strength, flammability of the material, and performance – it would need. Design ideas, sketches and samples are often presented to customers using computer-aided design packages.
A textile designer must be aware of the client’s budget and deadline, as well as keep up with production techniques and current trends by attending trade shows, and researching on new fabrics and trims. A degree in clothing and textile or any other relevant degree is highly necessary.
- Become a Fashion Illustrator
Fashion illustrators create sketches and use their drawing, and skills to create images to be used for print or media publications. They design layouts for newspapers, fashion magazines, apparel and designer companies. They work closely with designers, editors, as well as creative directors.
A fashion illustrator must be artistic, creative and detail oriented. Aspiring fashion illustrators can start out by training as an apprentice or intern since most fashion illustrators have an associate or bachelor’s degree in illustration, fashion design or graphic design.
- Become a Upholsterer
An upholsterer can either be a craft upholsterer or a production upholsterer. A craft upholsterer specializes in antique or domestic furniture, while a production upholsterer works on just one aspect of an overall piece. An upholsterer applies padding to furniture, cut out the fabric, make patterns and also apply decorative trimmings. The upholsterer also estimates the amount of fabric that will be required for an item, and prepares a cost estimate for the client. An upholsterer works in a workshop or factory, which must be warm and well-lit. There are no specific requirements needed, although experience is highly necessary.
- Become a Fashion Stylists
Fashion stylists require an extensive knowledge of the fashion industry and trends since they work mostly with celebrity clients and models, and have to choose the right outfit that is appropriate for each event. Fashion stylists can use their talents in styling individuals in music videos, movies, TV shows, and advertisements. They also work closely with public relations experts and fashion designers. Fashion stylists need to understand body shapes and types and how well they can be flattered.
- Become a Lingerie and Underwear Designer
A lingerie designer designs a range of products like vests, pants, bras, shape wear, slips, sleepwear, and camisoles. The lingerie is usually designed for a wide range of brands, exclusive design houses, chain stores and retailers. They usually research and follow market trends that would inspire new ideas. The ideas are sketched using a computer-aided design and then presented to buyers. They then source for and buy fabrics that can be used to prepare a prototype sample, which must be kept within the budget and client deadline. A relevant degree in design and technical skills is highly advantageous.
- Become a Textile Laboratory Technician
A textile laboratory technician carries out tests and experiments, the result of these tests are then handed over to a senior scientist for interpretation. A textile lab technician monitors quality control by using testing procedures which may involve taking samples from the factory floor of a production line.
They usually work within the technical textile industry analyzing the properties of textiles and fibers, from tensile strength to corrosion resistance; and also within the textile dyeing industry to formulate the strength of dyes and color-matching swatches that would meet the requirements of clients. Textile Laboratory Technicians need to have a background in science.
- Become a Fabric Librarian
Fabric librarians develop and maintain fabric libraries for companies within the industry by organizing samples and reference materials; this enables manufacturers to determine which fabrics have been used in past productions, and which are currently in use. The fabric librarian also tracks trends, and determines which fabric will be included in the library, and also selects and locate fabrics for clients.
Employers prefer aspiring fabric librarian to possess a degree in textile development, apparel and textile design, and fashion design with a specific focus on fiber textiles, and textiles; plus training or experience in library science.
- Become a Fashion Forecaster
Fashion forecasters apply their knowledge of fashion industry and analytical skills to predict fashion trends. They also use fashion industry knowledge and research findings to predict, colors, patterns, forms, shapes, and fabrics that will be in style. These findings are provided to apparel and textile design firms, designers, fashion buyers, fashion retailers, advertising agencies, fashion magazines, and other fashion media related entities.
Fashion forecasters work independently, in fashion forecasting firms or in consulting firms. Most employers prefer fashion forecasters with a degree in fashion merchandising, fashion design, textile design, apparel production, fashion marketing, textile merchandising or fashion retailing, and a minimum of 5 to 7 years experience.
- Become a Fashion Public Relations Specialist
They often work with apparel companies and retail stores, and help companies build, promote, and maintain their public image. They choose the information that would be shared with the public, and then distribute the information through media outlets like the radio, television, and the internet. Due to their role, they have to maintain a strong professional relationship with the media.
They also prepare organizational publications for internal and external audiences, as well as conduct market research of public opinions. A bachelor degree in public relations or in a related field is necessary, plus a coursework in fashion and journalism. Most specialists start out as promotions assistant.
- Become a Fashion Editor
Fashion editors create, develop and present content for use in fashion magazines, photo shoots, newspapers, websites, or on televisions. Fashion editors work under editor-in-chief, and may specialize in beauty and make-up, apparels, or accessories. They are therefore responsible for the creative direction that their departments will pursue during an issue or season.
Fashion editors on a per-contract basis, or be a freelancer. Fashion editors usually have a bachelor degree in Journalism, Fashion Design and Merchandising or Liberal Arts. Most fashion editors start out as interns with fashion publications, and then become an associate editor before becoming an editor.
- Become a Fashion Product Manager
Product managers are in charge of the concept, design, construction, selling and distribution of a designer’s or manufacturer’s products. They oversee the implementation and set-up of quality assurance protocols for their products. They are usually in charge of a specific product, or a product line. Aspiring fashion product manager requires a bachelor degree in Business Administration, Apparel Production, or Marketing.
Most product managers also have a Masters in Business Administration (MBA), and a minimum of 5 years experience in apparel development or product management. Most product managers start out as market analysts, and then merchandiser, before becoming a product manager.
- Become a Fashion House Manager
Fashion house managers are in charge of designers and other staff members. They also maintain business operations, and work with clients or customers. Fashion house managers have to frequently travel and attend fashion shows, and their salaries often depend on how popular the designer is.
Before one can become a house manager, you would have to work as an intern, become an assistant, a designer, an assistant manager, and then a fashion house manager. A bachelor degree in business administration, fashion management, fashion merchandising, fashion design, or fashion retailing is the least educational entry requirement. Also, the minimum of 3 years experience in a fashion house is required.
Fashion writers majorly work within the editorial departments of fashion design firms, and produce editorial copies for fashion magazines, fashion websites, television, and newspapers. Most fashion writers work on a freelance basis. Fashion writers are required to carry out a thorough research, and also conduct interviews before writing an article for publication. A college degree in Fashion Journalism or Fashion Merchandising is recommended due to the competitiveness of this field.
- Become a Buyer
Buyers are also referred to as purchasing managers, agents, and merchandise managers. They purchase products and services for companies and night purchase the products from manufacturers or wholesale firms. The buyer’s job also depends on the company’s size, as they might either purchase an entire inventory or several lines of merchandise. Buyers can work in all fashion industries, and also develop relationships between designers and suppliers.
Apart from purchase, they are responsible for a merchandise delivery, and also handle returns if necessary. A background in fashion merchandising, fashion design, or fashion retailing is necessary, and a degree depends on the employer’s requirement.
- Become a Fashion Marketing Director
Fashion marketing directors create promotions and advertisements that aim at informing and attracting clients to a company’s fashion products and services. Fashion marketing directors estimate the demand for different fashion products, and use this estimation to create a marketing strategy that would maximize sales. Fashion marketing directors usually work with top executives in order to develop marketing strategies.
Most employers prefer a bachelor or master degree in marketing or a closely related field, and a minimum of 3 to 5 years experience.
- Become a Fashion Consultant
A fashion consultant helps fashion houses improve on their performance, productivity, and profits so as to remain competitive in the fashion industry. A fashion consultant offers expertise from retail chains, apparel manufacturing, design studios, high-end boutiques to textile companies. A consultant is used during the initial growth period of a fashion house, or after years of lackluster performance. Consultants work for consulting organizations, famous designers, independent designers, or independently.
Having a bachelor degree in fashion and a master degree in business administration is a requirement. Those with only bachelor degrees, start off in an associate position or a research analyst position.
- Wardrobe Manager
Wardrobe managers are responsible for deciding which costumes, wigs, and accessories will be used for a production. This means that they are in charge of costume productions, buying, maintenance, and the recruitment of staff. Wardrobe managers work closely with fashion designers, and costume designers. They work in film and video companies, theater companies, fashion design houses, as well as television production studios. They also work in fashion shows. Most wardrobe managers are self-employed.
Aspiring wardrobe managers would need a degree in fashion design, fashion merchandising, fashion management, or fashion retailing. Employers also prefer wardrobe managers with at least 3 years experience.
- Become a Fashion Colorist
Fashion colorists mix, develop, and create colors and color palettes for clothing and textiles. The colorist also ensures that he mixes a precise specification to what the designer or client has in mind. They do not only create colors but also check and receive swatches and fabrics from overseas dyers, and approve final color palettes. They also maintain color libraries, manage labs, and develop new techniques that will mix and develop colors. They also need a working relationship with vendors, agents, and mills.
Fashion colorist work for department stores, textile companies, retail chains, furniture manufacturers, clothing manufacturers, toy manufacturers, production studios, art studios, academic institutions, and museums, Fashion colorists could have a degree in fashion design, fine art, interior design, textile design, paining, illustration, and polymer and color chemistry. Employers prefer those with at least a 3 years experience.
- Become a Fashion Account Executive
Fashion account executives promote and sell things from exclusive designer brands to retail chains. They ensure that the things they promote are featured in every media outlet like newspapers, magazines, radio, direct mail, billboards, internet and televisions. Account executives work in all aspects of the fashion industry, from make-ups to couture.
Fashion accounting executives usually have a degree in business, public relations, or advertising. Also, a degree or course in fashion design, fashion merchandising, or fashion retail will be highly advantageous. Those without degrees can take a leadership course in business, marketing, advertising, communication or leadership courses.
- Become a Children Fashion Designer
Children fashion designers are specialist in creating wears specifically for infant, toddlers, and children of different age groups. The work involves color, pattern, and fabric selection. They are also responsible for creating themes and collections, and they also observe fashion trends. They also work with child models so that the fit and design of their work can be perfected, and marketed to retailers and consumers.
Internship is necessary for aspiring children fashion designers, with the minimum educational entry requirement being an associate or a bachelor degree in fashion design or fashion merchandising.
- Footwear Designer
Footwear designers focus on a specific approach to fashion, especially as they have to create concepts, and designs for a variety of markets. Some footwear designers design shoes for particular genders, ages, environments, career such as healthcare, and occasion such as hiking. Footwear designer work in corporate shoe retailers, and in boutique footwear design companies, but most footwear designers are freelancers and self employed.
Even though a degree is not necessary, those with a degree in fashion design or fine art are usually better positioned in the industry than those without. Designers also need a good grasp of podiatry and biomechanics.
- Boutique Owner
Boutique owners are also referred to as specialty store owners, and are people who use their business skill in combination with their knowledge of the fashion retail market to make a profit. They often own stores that target specific clientele, or stores that carry a mix of clothing for a particular demographic. One could start a boutique business in the following areas such as vintage, sportswear, shoes, beachwear, handbags, accessories, lingerie, dresses, watches, sunglasses, and other such items.
Even though a formal education is not a requirement to own a boutique, boutique owners with a bachelor degree in Business Management, Fashion Retailing, Fashion Merchandising, Fashion Marketing or a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) has a higher advantage.
- Industrial Designer
An industrial designer develops design and concepts for products that are to be manufactured. They specialize in a product category such as furniture, automobiles, house wares, medical equipment, and other such related items. They are responsible for the look of the everyday product used.
An industrial designer considers the ergonomics, aesthetics, and usability of a product, and ensures that the design and function are constantly improved on. Industrial designers work with many specialists like scientists, marketers, engineers, accountants, to create a product. Aspiring industrial designers would require at least a bachelor degree in industrial design, engineering, or architecture.
- Become a Apparel Business Owner
Apparel business owners usually own a shop that sells accessories and clothing of their own designs, that made by other designers, or a combination of both. Apparel business owners are usually responsible for every aspect of the business, the layout, design, and accounting and marketing.
A degree is not required to become an apparel business owner, but a degree in Business Management, Fashion Retailing, Fashion Merchandising, or Fashion Marketing can be advantageous.
- Become a Retail Store Manager
A retail store manager usually devises marketing plans and strategies that would improve sales in the stores they are managing. They oversee inventory, and build a strong customer base for effective promotional marketing, and also approve visual store displays. There is no strict educational requirement for a retail store manager, as the size and caliber of the store would dictate the requirement that is needed. However, a retail store manager still has to undergo management training, or have an associate degree.
- Become a Fashion Runway Model
A fashion model runway is one who possesses an attractive physique, required height and facial features, and is able to showcase a designer’s work or clothes. The careers of fashion runway models do not last, as there is an age limit for commercial fashion runway models, and aspiring fashion runway models. Females who aspire to be fashion runway models must start at the age of 15 to 22, while males must start between 18 and 25.
There is no educational entry requirement to become a fashion runway model. It is ideal for people who want to be in the fashion industry, without having to sweat educationally. Most fashion runway model start from being a print model, runway model, and then supermodel.
- Embroidery Designer
Embroidery designers plan, develop and produce different range of works. They produce intricate designs on clothing, and accessories. They mostly work for organizations that specialize in producing embroidery kits, which include tapestry kits that can be used at home. Embroidery designers are also self employed, and might run a workshop, where their products would be sold directly at craft market or art galleries. Embroidery designers might also specialize in designing commercial machine embroidery for garment and textile manufacturers.
An embroiderer requires a bachelor of Arts, which would provide them with the understanding of needle arts.
- Become a Sample Maker
Sample makers have to ensure that the pattern is okay before it goes for production by sewing the design from the pattern to pinpoint any problem. During the sewing problem they take note of any problem or flaw in the design. Their job is vital because they ensure that a problem is stopped before it even starts, thereby saving companies a great deal of money.
Sample workers usually work for fashion houses, design studios, retail companies, textile companies, apparel and manufacturing companies, and independent designers. Employers prefer those several years of experience, and a degree in fashion design.
- Become a Pattern Maker
Pattern makers take a designer’s ideas and translate them into pattern samples. They create an initial draft of what the designer has in mind on any given garment using a variety of advanced techniques and machines to produce these samples. After the sample has been tweaked by the designer, the pattern maker creates a final sample that will then be used to mass-produce the garment.
Pattern makers usually work for fashion designers, textile companies, design studios, and retail companies; while others are usually self-employed. Employers prefer an associate or a degree in pattern making, fashion design, pattern engineering, or pattern-making technology.
- Personal Stylists
Personal stylists might be referred to as image consultants. They help clients make fashion choices, and also aid them in the selection of personal items. Most personal stylists work with celebrities. They have the task of identifying the tastes of a client. The activities, body type, and desired image so that a look is specific to the client’s need. No educational requirement is needed to be able to perform this job, and the certifications are voluntary and not compulsory.
- Become a Fashion Designer Assistant
Fashion design assistant support designers and help them create new materials, styles, colors, and patterns that will be used for fashion brands and labels. They use their knowledge and skills to create a prototype and also tailor existing garments. Designer assistants may specialize in a particular line. Fashion designer assistant usually work in a workshop or studio, and might also go on research trips, as well as visit manufacturers. Fashion designer assistants work their way up or possess a degree in fashion, or Textiles.
- Become a Hat Designer
Hat designers or milliner use their creative skills in designing hats. The hats might be hand-made or mass produced for department stores, or designer shops. Hat designers can work in one of the following areas: haute couture, high-street fashion, or designer. Those that work for haute couture meet with clients individually to take measurements, and arrange for fittings.
Most hat designers possess a degree in Fashion, Design or Millinery, while others that work without a degree must have a creative flair as well as a great understanding of fashion trends.
- Become a Fashion Coordinator and Fashion Director
They oversee the whole fashion design department. They are responsible for management as well as promotional activities. They ensure that a unified and organized fashion atmosphere is maintained, so that a fashion’s line success would be achieved. The fashion coordinator and fashion director devises fashion design plans that are efficient and also foster new fashion concepts. They acquire new fashion ideas, and visit manufacturers to get new information on the latest fashion trends.
Aspirants for this job would need a basic high school diploma so as to be able qualify for a fashion merchandising course. Otherwise, an associate, a bachelor or a master’s degree program in fashion design, fashion marketing and merchandise is required.
- Become a Dressmaker
A dressmaker, seamster, or seamstress is one who creates clothing that are made-to-measure, such as skirts, blouses, gowns, and trousers for clients. They might also specialize in a specific type of clothing like bridal wear. A dressmaker uses a combination of hand and machine to get the job done. There is no fixed educational entry requirement for this job, as experience is what clients require. Most dressmakers are self employed.
- Become a Clothing Presser
A cloth presser is one who uses vacuum presses or steam irons to shape garments, and add or remove creases. Most clothing pressers usually work for clothing manufacturers or dry cleaning companies. Cloth pressers also operate computer-controlled machines, such as carousel and tunnel press, and carries out daily maintenance duties like filter cleaning. No degree is required to be a cloth presser, as most employers look out for reliable cloth pressers.
- Become a Clothing alteration hand
Clothing alteration hands help adjust and repair items of clothing or garments. They usually work for clothing retailers, bridal retailers and clothing alteration shops. They usually possess good sewing skills. Stitching can be done by hand or an industrial kind of sewing machine. No educational requirement is necessary except a sewing experience.
- Become a Tailor
Tailors create clothing that is custom-made for men and women. A tailor is expected to have sewing and design skills. They either work in team where each member has a specialized role or alone. Entry into this field is usually by experience and not based on formal qualifications. Trainings are usually done on the job.
- Become a Costume Designers
Costume designers work closely with the production designer so as to help define the overall vision of films and Television productions. They have to ensure that the costumes blend into the lighting and camera angles. They work in collaboration with the hair and make-up department to ensure that the creation of a cohesive look is attained. Costume designers also carry out researches into the style, and design of a costume for the time period, the shoot is being done for. They choose, hire, and negotiate for the appropriate supplier for these costumes and ensure that all the expenditures are kept. A degree in Costume Design, Fashion, Performing arts, or Theatre design will be of an advantage.