A designer uses the latest trends and styles to create a line of clothing from start to finish. Skills: drawing and sketching abilities with a good sense of color and an excellent knowledge of fashion trends and the manufacturing process.
Textile designers develop the patterns, weaves, and colorations that appear on fabrics. Skills: creative, knowledge of textiles and fabric construction, good sense of color, and strong computer skills.
Fabric and Trim Buyer
The buyer sources the world for fabric and trim for a product. She or he oversees all aspects of the negotiations, including color, pricing, and logistics. Skills: bargaining skills, mathematical and communication skills, knowledge of a foreign language is beneficial.
The production manager oversees entire apparel production process – raw materials and labor, production schedules, employee interactions and product delivery. Skills: excellent communications skills, organizational and analytical abilities, construction knowledge and be a strong leader.
The technical designer ensures a particular garment can be manufactured efficiently and within budget. Skills: knowledge of garment construction and production process, strong communication and computer skills.
The costing engineer determines the cost to produce an apparel item. Skills: research and analysis skills, strong mathematical ability, accurate, precise, meets deadlines.
Quality Control Engineer
Quality control ensures the garment is produced within specifications and quality levels. Skills: knowledge of garment construction, problem solving skills, computer literate.
The merchandiser determines product direction, develops colors and specifications, and performs market research to determine the most effective ways to sell and promote the product. Skills: communication, negotiation, visual and analytical abilities, knowledge of trends and forecasts, strong mathematical skills.
The sales representative presents an apparel line to fashion buyers who order merchandise for a store. Skills: communication skills, presentation skills, organized, aware of trends, products, and competitors.
A fashion writer forms, researches, and writes for magazines, newspapers, and trade publications. Skills: excellent writing skills, knowledge of fashion, ability to meet deadlines.