WOW professions to beat: Tailoring profession
Posted February 15, 2018 10:18:38 The hardest jobs in the workforce are now becoming more commonplace as more people seek to live out their dreams of being a professional dressmaker or fashion designer.
The number of occupations listed on the Labor Department’s latest jobs survey show that, overall, the most common jobs are those in the clothing and fashion industry, where dressmakers earn an average of $63,400 annually, while tailors earn an annual wage of $44,200.
Tailors can earn as much as $60,000 a year for a four-year degree, while dressmakers can earn $60 to $90,000 annually for a seven-year program.
The survey also showed that the most popular jobs for professionals in the manufacturing and design industries were those in software, information systems and engineering, where an average annual salary of $67,400 is the average.
The average annual wages for this category were $60.10 for software engineers, $56.90 for information systems engineers and $55.90 a year to an information technology manager.
The most popular industries for professional tailors were construction, which earned an average salary of nearly $78,000, and construction-related trades, which averaged $58,800.
Tailoring is a relatively new field that began in the 1960s.
The labor department survey found that tailoring and carpentry accounted for about 40 percent of the total jobs in clothing and accessories, and the construction trades accounted for approximately 30 percent.
A typical garment job requires a minimum of 50 hours per week, and a typical carpentry job requires 50 to 60 hours per workweek.
The survey showed that women, especially young women, are increasingly choosing to work in clothing or accessories industries.
Women in this age group made up 40 percent to 45 percent of clothing and accessory occupations in the labor department’s latest survey, while nearly 70 percent of professionals in this sector were women.
While women accounted for a smaller percentage of the construction and construction related trades, they accounted for 35 percent of dressmakers, 35 percent for tailors, 31 percent for computer programmers and 27 percent for information technology managers.
A number of factors, including an aging population and the recession, are putting pressure on the number of jobs in these sectors.
The Labor Department survey said that the number working in the textile, apparel and footwear industries increased 7 percent over the last decade.
The manufacturing sector grew 8 percent over that same period.
The services sector also grew by 8 percent, while the leisure and hospitality sector grew by 5 percent.