Fashion designers design clothing and accessories, creating original clothes according to market demands. Fashion designers may work for apparel manufacturers, creating designs of men’s, women’s, and children’s fashions for the mass market. People in the fashion industry might also work for magazines, television shows, public relations firms and salons.
Education in the field often requires a two- or four-year degree, including some training in textiles, fabrics, and ornamentation, as well as fashion.
Employment of fashion designers is projected to grow more slowly than the average for all occupations. Job growth will stem from a growing population demanding more clothing, footwear, and accessories. Demand is increasing for stylish clothing that is affordable, especially among middle income consumers. However, employment declines in cut and sew apparel manufacturing are projected to offset job increases among apparel wholesalers.
Please see the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the most current salary and job outlook statistics for fashion designers.