20 Highest Paying Fashion Jobs & Careers in 2022

If you want to pursue fashion and you’re curious to know what are the different types of Fashion Jobs you can apply to in the future, You’ve visited the right place.

As a teen who wants to pursue a career in Fashion, I always had a misconception that Fashion Designer is the only designation we have in the Fashion industry and it was so not true! In this post, I’m going to take you through the different types of Fashion jobs that exist, and what is their specialization.

20 Highest Paying Fashion Jobs

Fashion JobsIncome / Per Year
Fashion Designer$68,960
Design Assistant$31,000-$50,000
Pattern Maker$40-100k
Fashion Illustrator$73,200
Retail Buyer$53,203
Graphic Designer$75,000
Fashion Journalist$60,000-$148,000
Fashion Forecaster$50,000-$100,000
Fashion Photographer/Director$77,550
Fashion Stylist$68,000
Textile Designers$50,500
Fashion Marketing and PR$100,00
Model$25k-200k
Visual Merchandiser$55,500
Costume Designer$100k
Personal Stylist/Personal Shopper$56k-73k
Fashion Studio Manager$45,700
Fashion Copywriter$47k-$62k
Design Professor$50,211
Fashion Blogger/Vlogger$37k

Different Types of Fashion Jobs to apply

Here’s a list of Different types of fashion jobs you didn’t know existed.

1.Fashion Designer

The term Fashion Designer is not new to us anymore. A designation responsible for all things design, they’re the mastermind behind the trendy and creative collections. They specialize in Menswear, Womenswear, Kidswear, etc. Some of the famous Designers to draw inspiration are Coco Chanel, Marc Jacobs, Giorgio Armani, etc.

2.Design Assistant

Who is a Design assistant? Well, he/she works as an assistant to a head designer where the designer works on the design collections, the assistant makes sure the other details are being taken care of.

3.Pattern Maker

Patternmaker is a genius who brings 2D designs into life(3D). He works closely with Fashion designers to bring his ideas to a live garment. He specializes in Patternmaking while checking on minimum waste production of fabric which is considered to be one of the toughest jobs in Fashion Design.

4.Fashion Illustrator

A Fashion illustrator designs the required garment designs in 2D software like Illustrator, CAD, and works closely with the Fashion Designer. Their job majorly consists of making conceptual illustrations, garment designs, etc.

5.Retail Buyer 

Being the Retail buyer, you’ll be looking into the business part of the brand. You decide to choose what product a retail brand is going to sell based on trends and consumer data. That is what the retail stores receive and sell.

6.Graphic Designer

A graphic designer does everything required to edit images, create magazine designs, templates, posters, and social media templates using software like Photoshop, Indesign, etc.

7.Journalist

A fashion Journalist also called a Fashion editor works with fashion magazines to bring trends and fashion blogs to the readers. They look into fashion from a critique point of view with their creative writing skills, they do inspire a lot of young talents to be a part of the fashion industry. Some of the famous Journalists to draw inspiration are Anna Wintour, Alexa Chung, etc.

8.Fashion Forecaster

Fashion Forecaster is responsible for predicting trends and colors of what upcoming years would look like. This involves a lot of research of past and current trends to be able to predict the upcoming fashion trends. They make reports that help retails and designers stop their upcoming design collections.

9.Fashion Photographer/Director

Most of the time a fashion photographer/filmmaker works as a freelance professional. He’s responsible for carrying out the best Images for photoshoots, bringing imaginative storytelling to life by making fashion films, doing catalog shoots with designers, etc. You not only need to have amazing photography skills but fashion education will help you bring new concepts/stories and also visualize the ideal aesthetic for those looks.

10.Fashion Stylist

Fashion Stylist is a creative and artsy form of Visual representation. They work with Magazines and Ecommerce sites to bring the designer and the editor’s vision bring into life in a visual format. Most of the time they’ve teamed up with professional photographers, hair and makeup stylists to articulate the concepts.

11.Textile Designers

There’s a difference between Fashion and textile designers. While a fashion designer works on cuts and silhouettes of the fabric, a textile designer is responsible for creating prints and textures.

12.Fashion Marketing and PR

A Fashion Marketing specialist works on the brand awareness part. They communicate about the latest campaigns, deal with influencers and celebrities, write press releases, design new campaigns, etc.

13.Model

A fashion model is a canvas the stylists, photographers, designers, and filmmakers need to bring their creative imagination to life. Most of the models are handled by big modeling agencies and this job is probably one of those where you have to have an ideal “model aesthetic” body. There are different types of models that include Runway, photoshoots, editorials, and commercials, etc. Haven’t you heard of Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner yet? Yeah, that’s what we’re talking about!

14.Visual Merchandiser

Visual Merchandiser works in a retail setting. He/she is responsible to bring the latest trends and styling to the fashion boutiques and stores by styling mannequins, and designing the right ambiance for the best customer experience.

15.Costume Designer

A costume designer mostly works on movie sets. They are responsible to bring all the creativity to their garments. You need to study scripts, do character analysis and then work on designing garments. They are artsier and avant-garde in their aesthetics.

16.Personal Stylist/Shopper

Also called a Retail stylist is responsible for guiding customers on the running trends and helping build their wardrobe according to their body type, skin tone, etc. They also work closely with Visual merchandisers to bring relatable and innovative styling techniques.

17.Studio Manager

The studio manager is the person who takes care of a boutique shop or a designer. Being the team leader he/she is responsible to keep visual merchanding, stock in & out, consumer service in check so yes a fashion education helps to envision the overall aesthetic of the store hence bringing up more ideas to enhance it.

18.Fashion Copywriter

Although they’re being confused with Social media managers quite a lot of times, A Fashion copywriter is responsible for writing the product descriptions and blog posts for press releases, promotional emails, and social media updates.

19.Professor

Design institutes need professors to teach the design processes and different modules that require fashion education. In this case, you become the lecturer after you’ve gained enough experience in the industry you are required to help out the younger generation to make the right decisions when it comes to their fashion career choices. Yes, a teacher!

20.Fashion Blogger/Vlogger

Fashion Blogger is the most recent fashion designations of all. This particular fashion job can help you build a personal brand image, while the fashion brands can contact you to promote trendy collections for them as a part of marketing. You get to build your business out of it which is quite an ideal thing to do when the world is hit by a pandemic and everything is going digital!

If you want to pursue fashion in the coming years, you must be informed of different types of fashion jobs and their key responsibilities. It will help you get a clear idea of the courses you want to pick and also figure out what your interests are. To build your knowledge about Fashion Industry.