Sokanu rates Fashion Designers with a F employability rating, meaning this career should provide poor employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 6,200 Fashion Designers. That number is based on 600 additional Fashion Designers, and the retirement of 5,600 existing Fashion Designers.
Demand for Fashion Designers
Competition in the field of fashion design is due to the occupation’s traditionally low turnover, low annual rate of new job creation, and glamour associated with the industry. Most opportunities are with firms that design mass market clothing sold in department and chain stores; this is in response to the increasing demand for stylish clothing, footwear, and accessories which are affordable, especially among middle income consumers. Fewer available jobs are expected in design firms which cater to high-end stores and boutiques, as the demand for expensive fashion is declining relative to other luxury products and services.
Employers generally prefer designers who possess a two- or four- year degree and are knowledgeable about textiles, fabrics, ornamentation, and fashion trends.
Supply of Fashion Designers
The Fashion Designer industry is not particularly concentrated in any state.
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