Job Outlook for Textile Designers
Head of the Department
Department of Fashion Design
KCC Women’s College (Affiliated by Khulna University)
Outlook for Textile Designers:
The job outlook for textile designers is average and the number of people employed in this occupation is expected to remain stable over the next two to three years.
Textile manufacturing is a relatively large industry, but is made up of only a few companies. The main textiles produced include floor and furniture coverings and woollen yarn for carpet. Some growth in manufacturing capacity, particularly for tufted carpet is predicted over the next two to three years, which may give rise to a small increase in opportunities for textile designers. However, as there are only a few companies it is likely that there will continue to be a limited number of jobs available for textile designers, with many companies employing only one or two.
Textile design is a very specialized occupation. Each area requires knowledge of certain fabrics, yarns, computerized design tools and the machinery used in making the final product. This can cause some manufacturers difficulty in finding people who have the appropriate skills to fill a position and often specialist training is given on the job.
This training is ongoing, as textile designers need to keep up to date with new trends and fashions in their area, as well as new textiles and their specific uses. Computer skills have become increasingly important as the emphasis on using design software becomes more important in the commercial sector.
Turnover among textile designers is low due to the limited number of employment opportunities available and the specialist nature of the job. This can mean there are few opportunities for those wanting to enter the occupation and because of the large number of design students graduating each year, competition for jobs can be high.
However, those with good design skills and some experience in the industry (perhaps gained through a holiday job in a textile mill) usually have a better chance of finding employment once they graduate. Experience has become increasingly important as tertiary providers have cut back their emphasis on textile design and designers are more valuable to an employer if they have some practical knowledge of how design ideas translate into the manufacturing process.