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Fashion Designers


Fashion designers create or adapt original designs for clothing for men, women, and children. Most specialize in one particular type of clothing, such as women's dresses or men's suits. Most designers work for textile, apparel, and pattern manufacturers. Some designers are self-employed and develop a clientele of individual customers or manufacturers. Others work for fashion salons, high-fashion department stores, and specialty shops. A few work in the entertainment industry, designing costumes. Fashion designers are also known as apparel and clothing designers. There are approximately 25,800 fashion designers employed in the United States.

Salary Range

$25,000 to $100,000+

Minimum Education Level

High School Diploma




Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Personality Traits




Career Ladder
Head Designer, or Owner of Design Firm, or Creative Director

Fashion Designer

Assistant Fashion Designer, or Assistant Cutter, or Assistant Technical Designer

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