Our Sara has an article in Draper's magazine this week…
‘Garment technologists support the design and buying teams through all stages of product development, from the design to the manufacturing stages. A good starting point is a fashion or textiles degree. On the job experience and practical knowledge are also critical.
You should know about manufacturing processes and garment construction, be a strong communicator and work welll under pressure and to tight deadlines. You need to be well organised and work wel on your own or as part of a team. Attention to detail is vital. Good computer skills are often essential as you may have to use Computer Aided Design (CAD). Legal knowledge could also be useful.
Garment technologists can be employed by both manufacturers and retailers and should expect hard work and long hours in busy times. Expect more responsibilities as you rise up the career ladder.
A garment technologist may be paid up between £16, 00 and £18, 000 a year when starting out, but this could then increase to about £25, 000 a year with experience and a senior garment technologist can earn up to £45, 000 a year.
It’s a very rewarding career with lots of prospects.’