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Garment technologist Clothing technician, textiles technician

Garment technologists choose the right fabrics and designs for manufacturers to make clothes at a set cost.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £16,000 to £30,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 37 to 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

There are no set requirements, but you’ll usually need an HND or degree in a relevant subject. Some courses combine garment and clothing technology with fashion design.

Paid or unpaid work experience could help you get a job.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

Creative Skillset has more details about this career.

2. Skills required

You'll need:

  • attention to detail
  • design skills

3. What you'll do

You'll be:

  • suggesting changes to clothing pattern designs
  • giving advice on suitable fabrics
  • making sure garments can be produced within budget
  • overseeing fabric testing and fittings of first samples
  • making sure that the correct garment construction methods are used
  • responding to product queries
  • analysing product returns and faults
  • producing quality control reports

You'll work closely with designers, pattern cutters, graders and buyers.

4. Salary

Starter: £16,000

Experienced: £25,000

Highly Experienced: £30,000 or more

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll work around 37 to 40 hours a week. You may sometimes do extra hours to make sure garment collections are produced on time.

You’ll be based in a studio or office and will travel to visit customers, suppliers and manufacturers. You may sometimes need to visit overseas manufacturers.

6. Career path and progression

With experience, you could progress to senior technologist, quality controller or technical manager.

You could also move into research or teaching in a university.

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Last updated: 04 August 2017

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