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Hat designer Milliner

Hat designers use creative skills to design and make hats.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £15,000 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 will need practical hat designing (millinery) skills.

You could learn these through a foundation degree, HND or degree in a relevant subject, like:

  • fashion
  • design 
  • millinery

Paid or unpaid work experience will be useful, and you’ll need a portfolio of your work to show potential employers.

You could start as a design assistant and work your way up.

2. Skills required

You'll need:

  • communication skills
  • practical skills
  • business and marketing skills, if self-employed

3. What you'll do

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • working to a client or company 'brief'
  • analysing trends in fabrics, colours or shapes
  • sketching designs by hand or with computer design packages
  • making up prototype designs
  • estimating costs
  • finding suppliers
  • hand-making hats
  • supervising production
  • showing designs at fashion shows and exhibitions

4. Salary

Starter: £15,000

Experienced: £20,000

Highly Experienced: £30,000

If you’re self-employed your income will depend on how successful your business is.

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

If employed, you’ll usually work 40 hours a week, Monday to Friday. You may have to work extra hours to meet deadlines.

You’ll usually work in a studio or workshop. You may also have to travel to visit manufacturers, exhibitions and trade shows.

6. Career path and progression

With experience and business skills you could set up your own business, or sell your designs to companies on a freelance basis.

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Last updated: 09 October 2018