Types of Careers in Fashion
Not all fashion industry jobs are high-profile.
- 1 [Fashion Industry] | Types of Jobs in the Fashion Industry
- 2 [List] | List of Careers in Fashion Style
- 3 [Fashion Career] | Characteristics Needed for a Fashion Career
- 4 [Fashion Buyer] | Fashion Buyer Careers
While you first might consider jobs as a model, photographer or fashion show director, there are plenty of behind-the scenes opportunities available that are not in the spotlight of the fashion industry. Many of the entry-level positions can lead to high-paying glamour jobs while other starter positions can lead to a rewarding career in fashion that is not necessarily high-profile.
There is an enormous amount of turnover in the retail industry, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, leaving the field relatively easy to get into. Median pay in the retail fashion market as of 2010 was about $20,990 in the United States. Many retail fashion jobs attach bonuses and commissions to a base salary, which can lead to increased earnings. Stay in the field long enough and gain sufficient product knowledge in addition to a four-year college degree, and you could forge a career in retail management. Sales managers in 2010 earned a median pay of $98,530.
Companies ranging from large department stores to small, high-end boutiques utilize the services of fashion buyers to keep up with the latest trends, find the best sources of clothing and negotiate prices with vendors. Fashion purchasing agents usually decide how much to order and must work on timelines that require ordering prior to a season’s start so the company can stock sufficient merchandise. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that median pay for purchasing agents in 2010 was about $58,360 per year. Experience in the field, perhaps as a retail store manager, coupled with a business degree, is needed to land coveted purchasing manager positions.
The fashion industry relies on reviewers, editors and writers to get their messages out to consumers. You could work in the public relations department of a fashion house and produce press releases about upcoming shows and new designs, or you could land a reporting gig at a fashion magazine. With technology, you sometimes can work for a magazine from anywhere in the world. Editors usually need to earn a degree in journalism or posses a portfolio of clips from previous publications. In 2010, magazine editors earned a median annual income of about $51,470.
If you want to create fashions, you could earn a degree in fashion design. The median income for fashion designers in 2011 was about $64,690. There are a wide range of opportunities in the field, ranging from the actual creators of the clothing to manufacturing and merchandising. Designers of fashion rely on a mix of creative and technical knowledge to work with various computer-aided programs and materials. Merchandisers create window displays and in-store campaigns to promote clothing lines.
About the Author
Linda Ray is an award-winning journalist with more than 20 years reporting experience. She s covered business for newspapers and magazines, including the Greenville News, Success Magazine and American City Business Journals. Ray holds a journalism degree and teaches writing, career development and an FDIC course called Money Smart.