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What to Expect from a Career in Fashion Design

What to Expect from a Career in Fashion Design

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor

Fashion Designers

Use this report to find out what to expect from a career in fashion design.

• Nature of the Work • Working Conditions • Training, Other Qualifications, and Advancement • Employment • Job Outlook • Earnings • Related Occupations • Sources of Additional Information

Significant Points

In 2004, two-thirds of salaried fashion designers were employed in either New York or California.

Employers seek designers with a 2- or 4-year degree who are knowledgeable about textiles, fabrics, ornamentation, and fashion trends.

Job competition is expected to be keen as many designers are attracted to the creativity and glamour associated with the occupation, while relatively few job openings arise.

More than 1 out of 4 are self-employed.

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