Fashion Careers

Those with fashion degrees hold positions as fashion designers, merchandisers (also known as “buyers”) and fashion manufacturers. A fourth of those who receive fashion degrees are entrepreneurs. Therefore fashion programs that balance artistic craftsmanship with business, marketing and manufacturing-related courses are the most popular. Fashion is highly competitive and almost guarantees having to live in a large metropolis. Fashion design schools commonly require a portfolio to get in, as well as internship experience.

Employment Opportunities

Fashion professionals can work in a variety of environments, including:

  • Manufacturing companies
  • Wholesale businesses
  • Design firms
  • Fashion houses
  • Film, television and theatre sets


Fashion professionals need a wide range of capabilities, including:

  • Attention to detail
  • Exceptional problem solving & communication skills
  • High awareness of trends and culture
  • Expertise in CAD, textiles, patterns, color, proportion, sewing, etc.
  • Willingness to travel extensively

Industry Spotlight

Fashion has the distinction of being one of the few industries that has its eye as closely on people as people have on it. Though the glitz and glamour is the societal focus, many fashion graduates discover creative and fulfilling opportunities outside of the spotlight.

Those intent on being successful in the most competitive areas will need to be especially adept at securing highly sought-after internships.

- Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2008