- Fashion and Textiles
- Personality type:
- Supporting the design and buying team through all stages of garment product development from design to manufacture
- Selecting suitable fabrics and designs for items of clothing
- Managing technical aspects from sizing to faults
Is this role right for me?
To do this role, you will need to:
- understand manufacturing processes
- know about textile properties
- work well alone or as part of a team
- work under pressure and to tight deadlines
What does a Garment Technologist do?
Garment Technologists can be employed by manufacturers or large, high-street retailers.
They are involved in choosing an appropriate fabric and design so the garment can be produced within budget. They work with Pattern Graders to oversee the sizing, fitting and testing of the pre-production garments. A Garment Technologist also analyses product returns and faults.
A Garment Technologist typically works around 38 hours a week. This can increase during busy times and when deadlines have to be met.
For the majority of the time, a Garment Technologist is office-based but the job can involve working in a design studio. They may be required to travel for work, both within the UK and overseas.
What might I earn?
A Garment Technologist is paid between £15,000 and £18,000 a year when starting out. This could increase to around £25,000 a year with experience. Senior Garment Technologists can earn around £50,000 a year.
Will I need a qualification?
If you are considering an apprenticeship, the following programmes have been assessed by experts and awarded the Creative Skillset Tick for the high standard of training they provide and their links to the industry:
You could also study for a degree in clothing technology and production.
You can take ABC vocational qualifications in Fashion and Textiles; Manufacturing Sewn Products; Creative Techniques in Fashion; Apparel, Footwear, Leather or Textiles Production; Handcraft Tailoring; or Apparel Manufacturing Technology. There is also a City & Guilds course in Creative Techniques in Fashion; an NOCN course in Skills for the Fashion Industries; and an SVQ in Kilt Making.
The Textile Institute also offers a range of chartered professional qualifications for continuous professional development.
What's the best route in?
You can expect to join a company in a junior role and work your way up through the areas of product development, quality control or buying before becoming a Garment Technologist.
Where might the role take me?
With experience, it may be possible for you to gain promotion into more senior positions, such as Senior Technologist or Technical Manager. It may also be possible for a Senior Garment Technologist to progress into a role in research within a university or similar institution.
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