Garment technologists choose fabrics and designs to produce items of clothing at the desired cost.

What does a garment technologist do?

This role involves working closely with designers, pattern cutters and graders as well as supporting buying teams through all stages of product development, from initial ideas to manufacture. Garment technologist give advice on suitable fabrics, suggest changes to designs, ensure items can be produced to budget and make sure the correct garment construction methods are used, among other duties.

What do I need to do to become a garment technologist?

You’ll need to understand textiles and the manufacturing process to do this job. If you’re interested in clothing retail and enjoy doing creative work, then this role could be for you.

Many employers will expect you to have a degree in a related subject, such as garment technology and production. Some courses also combine garment technology with fashion design.

You may be able to get into this job through an advanced apprenticeship scheme. You could join a company in a junior role and work your way up to become a garment technologist.

Related skills

  • Creativity
  • Teamwork
  • Time management

Desirable qualifications

  • A degree in a related subject, such as garment technology and production

Where to find out more

Where could I be working?

Most jobs are with manufacturing and retail companies in the fashion industry. You could also be employed in companies producing technical textiles, such as those used for uniforms within the armed forces and emergency services. 

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