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Textile dyeing technician Dyer, colour technologist

Textile dyeing technicians create dyes to colour fibres and fabrics.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £17,000 to £35,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 37 to 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

You'll usually need a foundation degree, HND or degree, in a subject like chemistry, fashion and textiles or physics.

You could get into this career through an apprenticeship.

2. Skills required

You'll need:

  • the ability to understand how chemicals work in the dyeing process
  • accuracy to produce the right colour dye
  • IT skills 

3. What you'll do

You'll create dyes for natural and synthetic textiles.

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • creating a chemical 'recipe' for the right colour
  • testing a sample dye
  • producing a final formula to use in manufacturing
  • mixing batches of dye
  • working out the right dyeing method and temperature
  • recommending special finishes
  • keeping records

4. Salary

Starter: £17,000 to £22,000

Experienced: £23,000 to £28,000

Highly Experienced: £28,000 to £35,000

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You'll usually work 37 to 40 hours a week. You may work shifts in a factory dye house or the laboratory of a specialist dyeing company. Conditions may be hot and humid, although modern dye houses have ventilation.

You'll wear protective clothing.

6. Career path and progression

With experience, you could move into research and development, quality control or management. In technical sales you'd act as a link between dye suppliers and textile manufacturers.

You could also transfer to different areas of manufacturing that also use dye technology, like food and drink.

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Last updated: 24 November 2017