Fashion and apparel is a $1.2 trillion dollar global industry that employs 1.9 million people in the United States. It is a diverse and sophisticated field including designers, manufacturers, merchandisers, retailers, lawyers, photographers, social media specialists, copywriters and project managers. Fashion can intersect with a variety of other professional skills and interests, some quantitative, some creative. Your task is to figure out where the best place is for you to sit in this exciting and dynamic industry.
Salary varies widely depending on role, education level, and location. Here is a sample of 2016 median salaries from the Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the Bureau of Labor:
- Fashion Designer: $65,170
- Photographer: $34,070
- Editor: $57,210
- Art Director: $89,820
- Women’s Wear Daily: Often called “the fashion bible,” Women’s Wear Daily is a must read for those considering a career in the fashion industry. WWD says it is dedicated to providing a balance of timely, credible business news and key women’s fashion trends. Its readership includes retailers, designers, manufacturers, marketers, financiers, Wall Street analysts, international moguls, media executives, ad agencies, socialites and trend makers.
- Vogue: Vogue strives to define the culture of fashion.
- Elle: Watch runway shows from the hottest fashion designers, scope the best dressed celebrities on the red carpet street style, discover the latest and greatest beauty
- Free Fashion Internships.com: FreeFashionInternships was created after its founder, Carla Carstens, decided that fashion internship listings should be available for everyone, not just for those who were willing to pay the membership fee most websites required. FreeFashionInternships features internships from all aspects of the industry; from design, print, production, and editorial to marketing, finance, and wholesale merchandising. Listings range from couture, action sports, magazines and public relations. There is also a section dedicated to providing advice and tips to potential interns.
- Coroflot: Coroflot’s job board is the largest and most active site on the Internet specifically targeted at hiring designers and other creative professionals. Coroflot was started by designers, and is still run by designers. Job areas listed include; 3-D Modeling and CAD, Advertising, Architecture, Design Education, Design Management, Exhibit Design, Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Interaction Design, Interior Design, Product Development, Research & Strategy, Sales & Marketing, Web Design.
- Trendstop.com: Want to know what the latest trends are in the fashion industry before going to a job interview? Want to sound knowledgeable in your fashion cover letters? Check out Trendstop.com. Here’s what they say about their site. “When it’s critical that you have the right product in the right color, shape & material at the time your consumer is ready to buy, it is also critical that you have the right trend forecasting tool. Our evidence-based analysis presented via in-depth trend reports supports your decision making.” It’s a subscription service, but there’s a lot of free information to be gleaned from the public parts of the site.
- StyleCareers.com: StyleCareers.com is the largest, fashion-only job listing site on the Internet. Unlike the other fashion-only job boards, StyleCareers.com is not affiliated with a recruiting agency and does not collect placement fees or provide temporary employment services. With no reason to cherry-pick the best candidates, StyleCareers.com facilitates honest communication between fashion industry employers and job seekers.
- 24 Seven: 24 Seven is one of the leading on-line talent recruitment agencies for fashion, retail, beauty, marketing, advertising, and entertainment. Click the Jobs tab and start your search.
- Fashion Career Center.com: Another good source for jobs and information about careers in fashion.
- Fashion.Net: This is a great site for all you fashionistas. Make sure you click on their substantial jobs and internships section.
- The Costume Society of America: The CSA advances the global understanding of all aspects of dress and appearance. They work to stimulate scholarship and encourage study in the rich and diverse field of costume. Have a look at their jobs site.
- New York Women in Communications: New York Women in Communications empowers women in all communications disciplines to reach their full potential by promoting their professional growth and inspiring them to achieve and share their successes in the rapidly changing world of communications. Their purpose is to strengthen the role of women in all communications professions. This site is a great source of internships in Advertising, Multimedia, Books, Newspapers, Corporate Communications, Photography, Film/TV Public Relations, Radio, Fund-Raising/Development, Graphics/Illustration, Sales/Marketing, Internet/New Media Special Events and Magazines/Publishing.