Fashion Industry Overview Fashion jobs require creativity, a sense of style, a great deal of drive and a surprising amount of thriftiness. Full-time jobs in fashion vary from the much coveted design assistant job to an editorial assistant for a fashion magazine or even a manager at a retail store. College graduates fresh out of fashion school can make the best out of full-time fashion jobs; their ‘in’ to advanced viewing of apparel collections, having a birds-eye view of the latest trends or exposure to all the behind-the-scenes work that goes into fashion shows. For example, a visual merchandiser, who makes around $30,000 per year, is the eye behind those gorgeous window displays at your favorite store. A fashion design assistant, earning an annual median salary of $38,635 according to PayScale.com, manages production deadlines and assists with fashion shows.
Most fashion careers involve full-time work hours, within and beyond scheduled hours to meet deadlines. For those who love sketching original designs, selecting fabric/patterns, creating or following fashion trends and the energy of the industry, it is a worthwhile trade-off.
Common titles for entry-level fashion jobs include junior visual merchandiser, design assistant, sales/ brand representative, manager at a retail store and sales/brand representative.
Fashion Salaries The annual median salary for arts and design occupations, according to BLS, was $43,950 in 2015. For recent college graduates gaining experience to become a fashion designer, the median annual salary for a fashion designer is $63,670, with the lowest 10 percent earning less than $33,170 and the highest 10 percent earning more than $125,270.