Fashion Designer

Career Overview

A fashion designer creates clothing, footwear, and other accessories. This may include sketching the original designs for the clothing as well as picking out the fabrics to be used and finding employees to make the products.


A four-year bachelor's degree in fashion design, fashion merchandising, or a related field is likely required to obtain this position.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$33,000 /yr
$65,000 /yr
$130,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Psychology
  • Art
  • Business
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Public Speaking
  • Communication
  • Marketing
  • Photography
Work Environment

Fashion designers typically work for apparel manufacturers and wholesalers. Some are self-employed. This work may require a lot of travel.

Future Outlook

There will likely be strong competition for these positions. Opportunities may differ based on geographical location.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada