What does a fashion designer do

The fashion industry appeals to so many because of the glamour and glitz that is often associated with it, but that is not really what drives people to become a fashion designer? The field is one that is quickly growing and one that is both challenging and fulfilling. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, over 22,300 jobs exist currently in the fashion design industry. While job prospects are not expected to grow, they are not projected to drop significantly in the future. Students who get in now in school to prepare for a career in fashion will be entering the market at a time right when the industry is on the upswing.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for someone in fashion design is $62,860 or $30.22 per hour. The salary starts for someone with a Bachelor’s Degree, though many fashion companies will hire someone with an Associate’s Degree, as well, especially if that candidate has the creativity and drive the employer wants.
A typical work environment in fashion design is in a wholesale or manufacturing establishment or apparel companies. One thing to keep in mind is most fashion designers work in New York and California, where the industry exists. For someone interested in pursuing a fashion career and rising to the top, relocating to one of these areas is likely.
A fashion designer creates clothing, accessories and footwear. They sketch designs, pick the fabric and patterns for the product and follow through to see the products made from design to production. Fashion designers study fashion trends and anticipate what consumers will want. An understanding of technology needed to design, specifically CAD. CAD is a program that allows designers to see their designs on virtual models.
Fashion designers present their designs to the public through trade shows and fashion showcases. They work with other designers to team up to create prototype designs or collections. They also market designs to clothing retailers or go directly to the consumers.
The field of fashion design is diverse and constantly growing and changing. For those with the creativity and drive, it is the perfect career path.
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/arts-and-design/fashion-designers.htm

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