What Are Popular Careers in Fashion?

If you're a fashion addict, you can find a variety of career possibilities in this article. Examples of popular careers in fashion include management and merchandising for retail stores, as well as fashion design and fashion journalism. Schools offering Fashion Design degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Employment Opportunities

The fashion industry offers career options for people with a variety of talents. If you're math- and business-savvy, consider a career in retail. If you're great at marketing, you could be a fashion planner or visual merchandiser. Talented writers can become fashion journalists, and if you're known for creativity, you could become a fashion designer, stylist, or photographer.

Fashion DesignerReporters and CorrespondentsPurchasing Manager, Buyers, and Purchasing Agents
Median Annual Salary (2014) $64,030 $36,000 $37,860
Job Outlook (2012-2022) -3% -13% 4%
Work Environment Wholesale or manufacturing establishments, apparel companies or self-employed Investigative field work, little office time Mostly offices and some travel
Similar Occupations Art Director Editor, Photographer Advertising, Promotions and Marketing Managers

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Creative Careers

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS, www.bls.gov) reports that, as of May 2014, about 17,840 Americans were employed as fashion designers, with many more working as fashion stylists and photographers. These people use their flair for style to create high-fashion advertisements and product lines. Creative careers in fashion can be highly rewarding, but the BLS says that fashion design, photography, and stylist jobs are also highly competitive.

Writers

If you love fashion and you're an excellent writer, a fashion journalism career might be a perfect fit for you. Reporters follow fashion industry developments and report them to the public through magazines, blogs, and newspapers, states Career OneStop (www.careerinfonet.org).

Retailing and Marketing

Another area where popular careers in fashion are found is retail. Department stores and apparel chains need people who know fashion to plan and purchase their product lines (fashion buyers, coordinators, and planners), drive sales (store managers), and present the products to customers (fashion merchandisers and marketers). According to the College Board (www.collegeboard.org), these careers all require skills in business math and marketing in addition to fashion knowledge.

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