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What does it involve?

Apparel workers are involved in the design, production and sales of garments, including womenswear, menswear, childrenswear and accessories.

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How could I get into the industry

What kind of jobs could I do?

Roles in the apparel industry include:

  • Fabric Cutter
  • Designer
  • Patternmaker
  • Sewing Machinist
  • Sample Coordinator
  • Production Manager – offshore or domestic

Plus there are opportunities to take on the types of roles that are common to all manufacturing processes (e.g. quality control, distribution, sales).

Does this sound like you?

Study areasAttributesHelpful experiencePreferred work environments
  • English or Media Studies or History
  • Sciences or Workshop Technology
  • Creative Arts (Visual / Textiles / Graphics / Performance Music)
  • Computing / ICT / Information Management
  • Confident communicator
  • Good at precision work
  • Good work habits/time management
  • Good at problem solving / creative
  • Administration, planning or organising things
  • Making or fixing things
  • Working with machinery
  • Creative work (writing, drawing, styling)
  • Inside (workshop or plant)
  • One place every day

How much could I earn?

  • 0 - 2 years experience

    $20k- $35k

Career pathway

SchoolEntry level jobsAdvancing jobsSenior jobs
  • No minimum entry requirement
  • Apparel cutting & sewing
  • Pattern-Maker
  • Sewing Machinist
  • Garment Technician
  • Senior Pattern-Maker
  • Designer
  • Production Manager
  • Team Leader
  • Business Owner
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